A roundel with a triton seal
α. ha.di |
1. ja.di.ro | †白巳呂 (hashiro) | †a white serpent with a hermitage
α. a white serpent
β. (with) a hermitage
Notes: Henshall [Kanji #56] states that, in ancient times, snakes and insects were treated alike, so that 虫 mushi is a crawling “insect” with a carapace rather than a shell, prob. from 巳 shi , a “snake”-like snail with 巾 mu “cover, protection”. Cf. 巳 shi with AB *058 SU. 巾 appears to have been reanalyzed as 中 chu “inside, middle”, an alternate name for “insect”. In ja.di.ro, however, the notion of protection is expressed in 呂 ro “backbone, spine”.
- Hallager, Erik. 1996. The Minoan Roundel and Other Sealed Documents in the Neopalatial Linear A Administration. Vol. 1 & 2. Austin: University of Texas.
- Henshall, Kenneth G. 1988. A Guide to Remembering Japanese Characters. Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co.