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I got a 漢字辞典 for 小学生 (this one) and I’m enjoying reading the ち。

I’ve read equivalent material in English, so the なりたち is semi-comprehensible for me, and I’m finding it easy to pick up words I don’t know.

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This is probably a stupid question, but is 成り立ち the etymology of a word? The origin of a 字? That feels like it could be fun to read.

The dictionary definition of なりたち encompasses origin, history, formation, and/or structure. In this case, for kanji.

Here are some entries. You can click them to see the full size images.



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For fans of this material, the なりたち portion of the 漢字ペディア entry for 香 is a bit more interesting and unexpected:

会意。黍(しよ)(禾は省略形。きび)と、甘(日は変わった形。うまい)とから成り、きびのうまそうなかおり、「かおり」の意を表す。

These explanations are more difficult. There aren’t pictures of the seal script forms, and the content is taken from 角川新字源 which is intended for older readers.