ボウ, ふせ.ぐ, あた, う, ほう

ward off, defend, protect, resist

JLPT2 G5 S7 F331

As per # (spread right and left, or in all directions) + 阜 piled earth → earth spread and piled to create a curved *embankment* → *defend*; *protect*; *prevent*.

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