サ, くさり, とざ.す

chain, irons, connection

JLPT1 G7 S18 F1250

The right-hand element# is small + 貝 bivalve shell → small shells, pierced and strung together (compare 貫 and ). 鎖 adds 金 metal → small loops of metal linked in a *chain* → *shut*; *close* (← close links in creating a chain).

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