ホ, き

shop, store

JLPT1 G7 S15 F1412

here was originally 金 metal, which when added to # (spread) yielded the meaning of a metal bracket fitted precisely (= spreading flat) into a gate. (The present-day character 鋪, however, means "lay out; spread; pave.") For , the idea eventually became that of goods *spread flat* for display/sale (compare 販) in a simple structure → *sales* → *store*; *shop*. Note a variant form, .

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