Learn one Chinese Character a day – 有 (学习)
From the modern writing of Chinese character "有", there is no much clue here for its meaning. Let us check its evolution history first:
We can now see it clearly from its Bronze Script that it is to grasp () the meat (). Clerical Script transformed the part of the Seal Script to , which is now commonly used to present (with the meaning of a hand or to grasp)
So "有" original meaning is to grasp a piece of meat, and it means also to own a piece of meat.
Eventually "有" is used to mean Have, Hold, Contain, Own, or There is/are.
Let us end our lesson today with a Chinese calligraphy: