ジョウ

lock, fetters, shackles

JLPT1 G7 S16 F1934

# fix (straight) in place + 金 metal. Originally, a metal spindle fixed in place. Later understood as *solder* (liquefied metal that fixes other objects in place) → *ingot*; (medicinal) *tablet* (← objects of prescribed or fixed shape). *Lock* is the result of reinterpreting the character as fix in place + 金 metal → metallic device that fixes something in place.

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