Taxonomy of meanings for 鄉:

  • 鄉 xiāng (OC: qhaŋ MC: hiɐŋ) 許良切 平 廣韻:【郷黨釋名曰萬二千五百家爲郷郷向也衆所向也又姓出姓苑 】
    • COUNTRYSIDE
        • VILLAGE
          • nXiāng 鄉 as an administrative term refers to a fairly non-urban neighbourhood area which will normally include several lǐ 里. ZHOULI and Han commentators arbitrarily define this as containing 12 500 families
          • nadNfrom a village; from an insignificant place
          • nadVvillage by village; from each village
          • n[post-N]one's own village/neighbourhood
          • n[adN]the people of the immediate neighbourhood
          • specifically>HOME
            • n(post-N)the home area of a contextually determinate person LY 17.11, 13.25, 13.24: larger local community not in the capital but not necessarily too far from it; local neighbourhood; compare also the different CC 305: home
            • nadNlocal, from one's home neighbourhood
          • generalised>REGION
            • ndistrict of 12 500 families
            • nfigurativeregion (of the body)
            • nabmetaphysicalrealm
          • exocentric: person from>NEIGHBOUR
            • npluralneighbour
    • 鄉 xiang4 《集韻》 許亮切
      • DIRECTION
        • nabplacedirection
        • viactface in the direction of; go in the direction of (the direction is placed in adverbial position)
        • vtoNface in the direction of
        • vtoN.adVfacing in the direction N to V
      • =向WINDOW
        • nwindow facing north (variant graph for 向)
      • =曏 向 嚮PAST
      • 鄉 xiang3 《正字通》 音享