Chinese Notes
Chinese Notes

六书 (六書) liù shū

liù shū proper noun Six Methods of forming Chinese characters
Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Language 语言
Notes: A system of character classification into six categories, described in the Han dictionary Shuowen Jiezi 说文解字: (1) pictogram 象形, ideogram 指示, combined ideogram 会议, phonogram 形声, transfer character 转注, and loan character 假借 (Norman 1988, pp. 67-68; Sun 2006, loc. 1132)

Texts that the word is most frequently mentioned in

Collection Document Title Occurrences
Notes on Literary Chinese Introduction 1


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六书本义 六書本義 六書本義 History of Ming 《明史》 卷九十六 志第七十二 藝文一 Volume 96 Treatises 72: Arts and Literature 1 2
六书精 六書精 八體六書精究閑理 Book of Wei 《魏書》 卷91 術藝:晁崇 張淵 殷紹 王早 耿玄 劉靈助 江式等 Volume 91: The Arts - Chao Chong, Zhang Yuan, Yin Shao, Wang Zao, Geng Xuan, Liu Lingzhu, Jiang Shi, and others 2
曰六书 曰六書 五曰六書 Rites of Zhou 《周禮》 地官司徒 第二 2. Office of Earth and Minster of Education and Social Welfare 2