バク, むぎ

barley, wheat

JLPT2 G2 S7 F1615

is a depiction of a barley plant, emphasizing the rows of pendent fruits of grain concealed in husks (compare ). leg/foot pointed downward was added to yield a new character, 麥, meaning "come" → plant come from Central Asia. However, the meanings of 麥 and were eventually inverted, so that 麥/麦 now means *barley* and / come; bring about → *wheat*; *oats*; *rye* → *grain*.

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