サツ, サイ, セツ, ころ.す, ごろ.し, そ.ぐ

kill, murder, butcher, slice off, split, diminish, reduce, spoil

JLPT3 G4 S10 F581

The relevant seal inscription form is # (vegetation cut in swaths) + an element combining millet and action indicator → harvest ears of millet and *scrape* them for their seeds → *shave*; *erase*. The primary meaning, however, is now *kill*, via the conceptual progression from "harvest" to "action that cuts off life." Compare .

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