spear, lance, pike
Image of a barbed lance.
soft, flexible, supple, yielding
Image of a spear 矛 (= developed from a barbed lance) that is positioned in the top of a tree 木, where the wood is still weak.
A spear made out of the top of a tree is soft and flexible.
to knead, to massage, to rub
Left: hand 扌, right: soft, flexible 柔 (A spear 矛 from the upper part of a tree 木 is soft&flexible)
The hand makes it soft and flexible when kneading at the massage.
mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), tangerine
Left: tree 木, right: 矞 (spear 矛, variation of sell 商)
At this tree you pluck with a spear and sell: the mandarin.
reeds, rushes [BOT.]
Top: grass 艹, bottom: spear, lance 矛
Grass as long as a spear is: reeds.
boast, esteem, sympathize
Left: spear, lance 矛, right: now 今 (Put the cover
into the corner フ Now!)
The lance has now (pierced), that's how he: boasted.
Left: foot 足 (knee cap 口 and footprint 止), right: soft, flexible 柔 (A spear 矛 from the upper part of a tree 木 is soft & flexible)
The feet destroy until everything is soft and flexible, when: trampling.
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