The Radical: 昔


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Meaning
former times    昔

Explanation

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JLPT HSK 2
flawed, mistake, wrong, interlocking, to polish
cuò
Left: metal/gold 钅(= Covered in the ground are 2 gold nuggets ), right: former times (Together in the sun we think of old times.)
(Today's steel is better) The metal of former times was flawed.
JLPT HSK 3
to borrow, to lend, excuse
jiè
Left: person , right: old days (Together in the sun we think of old times.)
(I did not forget:) This person has in the old days: borrowed sth.
JLPT HSK 4
regret, pity, to rue, to begrudge

Left: feeling , right: old days (Together in the sun we think of old days)
(Times are getting harder:) Feelings we had in the old days, were the regrets.
JLPT HSK 4
registry, book or record, membership, nationality

Top: bamboo , bottom: 耤 (a tree used as a tally stick with many notches , cut into to count things, right: old days
Bamboo or tally sticks were in old days used as a registry.
JLPT HSK 5
to handle, to manage, measure, to execute
cuò
Left: hand , right: old days (Together in the sun we think of old days)
By hands in the old days measures were handled and managed.
JLPT HSK 5
vinegar, jealousy (in love rivalry)

Left: alcohol , right: former times (Together in the sun we think of former times)
It was alcohol in former times, now it's changed to vinegar.
JLPT HSK 6
former times, the past

Top: 龷 (here: together = Put the plants on the table together.), bottom: sun
Together in the sun we think of the old days.
JLPT HSK 6
candle, wax

Left: insect (here: a bee ), right: former times (Together in the sun we think of former times)
This insect (= the bee) was in former times used for the wax of the candles.
JLPT HSK 6
hunting
liè
Left: wild animal (here: hound [dog for hunting]), right: former times (Together in the sun we think of former times.)
Hounds were formerly used for hunting.
JLPT no HSK
December, preserved (meat)

Left: body, meat /, right: former times (Together in the sun we think of former days)
When we eat the meat from former times (= sth. preserved), it is: December.
JLPT no HSK
by means of, to insult, sleeping mat
jí, jiè
Top: grass, plant , bottom: rely on, plow 耤 (tree with many branches ), right: old days
It is growing the plant as a tree with many branches if in old days (=before), the plow furrows were done. This is by means of them.
JLPT no HSK
magpie
què
left: former times (Together in the sun we think of former times), right: bird /
(Magpies have a good memory) A sense for 'former times' has this bird: the magpie.

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