ヨウ, い.る, かなめ, とし

need, main point, essence, pivot, key to

JLPT3 G4 S9 F106

The relevant bronzeware inscription form is woman + an element combining a pair of hands and a backbone → compress a woman's waist, creating curvaceous hips → waist; hips → *main point*; *vital* (← hips as the pivot point of the body) → *brief*; *sum up*; *in short*. Also, *demand* (← demand that which is vital to one) → *want*; *need*; *require*.

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