Chinese character 软 ruǎn – soft; flexible
① soft, weak
|HSK –||STROKES – 8||RADICAL – 车|
Elements —- The soft 欠 part + a car 车. Phonetic series 欠.
The soft 耎 (as the beard 而 of a man 大 changed to 欠), part of a chariot 车. Here soft 欠 replaces an old character 耎 that showed a man and his beard. Being the beard softer than other body parts it meant soft. From soft the other meanings.
软化 ruǎnhuà soften;
软件 ruǎnjiàn software.
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