レイ, したが.う, しもべ

slave, servant, prisoner, criminal, follower

JLPT1 G7 S16 F2009

隸 is the left-hand element# as described in (carve characters) + 隶 seize. (Distinguish 隶 from the identical-appearing lower element of ; also, compare 逮.) 隸 thus means to seize captives and tattoo them → *slave*; *servant* → *follower*. For the connection between tattoos and slaves, compare . Although 隸 is the form consistent with the term's etymology, 隷 has become standard in Japanese usage.

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