セツ, ぬす.む, ひそ.か

stealth, steal, secret, private, hushed

JLPT1 G7 S9 F1871

Originally # hole + an element combining rice and a variant of pair of hands → insect that darts into a hole and consumes rice stealthily → *steal*. Over time, was replaced by the similar 釆 scattered seeds, while the pair of hands element was dropped.

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