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JLPT: N1

School Grade: 6th (11 years old)

According to one source this character is a combination of 口 opening and a portion that is a variant of 尸 buttocks, which gave the original meaning of this character: “an opening in the buttocks” or “anus.” This later came to refer to the idea of “behind” in the prepositional sense and it’s thought that the meaning of “empress” came from referring to the empress as one who follows behind the emperor.