Taxonomy of meanings for 草:

  • cǎo (OC: tshuuʔ MC: tsʰɑu) 采老切 上 廣韻:【草篆文𨽻變作卝 】
  • cǎo (OC: tshuuʔ MC: tsʰɑu) 采老切 上 廣韻:【説文作艸百卉也經典相承作草采老切七 】
    • GRASS
      • n{PLACE}adVin the grass
      • n(blade of) grass (countable!)
      • n{PRED}figurativebe (like) grass (without or with 也)
      • nadNthatched; made of grass/straw/hemp
      • nadNhabitatliving in the grass
      • nadVwith a grass/hemp rope; in the grass
      • nadVobjectusing grass (to feed oneself)
      • nmvegetation; non-edible grass, non-edible grassy plant; herb; generally, SHUOWEN: grassy plants, non-tree-like green plants, low bushes, including bamboos, according to SHJ: 其草多竹
      • nmadNmaterialmade of grass
      • specific: wild-growing>WEED
        • nmweeds
        • metonymy>COARSE
          • nadVroughly; coarsly
          • exocentric: coarsely written>WRITTEN CHARACTER
            • vadNdraft (or outline) character form, in opposition to kǎishū 楷書. Just as 楷, 草 did not originally refer to a specific character form, so each character form has its corresponding cǎo 草 character form (章草/小篆; 今草/楷書).
          • exocentric: draft>DOCUMENT
            • nadNdrafted only
      • remove grass>CUT
        • viactcut grass
    • grassy>LANDSCAPE
      • nmgrassy landscape
      • dry grass-like>STRAW
        • grass-eating>YOUNG
          • nadNso young as not yet to eat grain but only grass 草駒
        • general>PLANT
          • nplant of any kind, smaller than bush
          • nabstractplant of any kind whatever, including trees
          • synekdoche>MEDICINE
            • nmmedical herbs