シュウ, あき, とき, あい

autumn

JLPT4 G2 S9 F635

The relevant oracle bone form of this character is grain/rice + bundle → bundle and compact/shrink harvested crops in *autumn*/*fall*. The character was later reinterpreted, as shown by a seal inscription form that is plus an element combining fire and 龜 turtle → dry and shrink the size of harvested crops (as turtle meat is dried over a fire; compare ). The present form repositions and while eliminating 龜. Note also the variant form 龝, which combines and 龜.

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