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JLPT: N4

School Grade: 3rd (8 years old)

In its modern form, this character is a combination of food/eat and 欠 a character meaning “lack,” which is here being used in its early sense of “gaping mouth.” Though it is written this way now, older forms of the character show that 食 is actually a substitute for 酉 wine jar/alcohol. So, this character originally meant to “gulp down alcohol with a gaping mouth,” though it is now used to mean “drink” in general.