The eye and the eyebrow, Chinese characters

The eye character, 目, mù, is found in many other characters, to give various meanings. Let’s first see how it arrived at its current spelling. On the pictures below, we can see that some old spellings resembled the eye.

eye in Chinese

caractère chinois oeil

目 is found in 眉,méi, which means eyebrow. Some early spellings took up the eye with a few “hairs” above before giving the final character used today. 眉 is therefore composed of these two parts.

eyebrow in Chinese

The expression “having eyebrows, 有眉目” means: beginning to take shape, to materialize.
To find all the articles on Chinese characters and language, it’s here: Chinese language

31 May 2020

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