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How to you end up with these two radicals together having this meaning?
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It has something to do with the etymology of the character 样. Etymology is the study of the origin of a word and the historical development of its meaning.
样 is simplified Chinese and its corresponding traditional form is 樣. Most of the simplified Chinese characters in use today are the result of the works moderated by the mainland government in 50s and 60s. If we want to know the origin of a character, we need to look at its traditional form: 樣
樣 is made up of two parts: 木 on the left side, and 羕 on the right side. 木 means "wood" and the original meaning of 羕 is "clear waves on the surface of a water body". These two together form 樣, and the original meaning of 樣 is "wavy growth rings found on wood". This meaning of 樣 became obsolete and lost throughout history.
For 樣's original form in the seal script and bronzeware script, please refer to this link: http://www.renlu.net/html/jiaguwenzidian_5340.html
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