巖 - Dong Chinese dictionary

yán

cliff

Phonosemantic compound. represents the meaning and represents the sound.

Components
山 meaning component

  Meaning component

shān

  

mountain

嚴 sound component

  Sound component

yán

  

strict

Evolution

巖 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
巖 Seal script Western Han dynasty (202 BC-9 AD)

Seal script

Western Han dynasty (202 BC-9 AD)
巖 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
巖 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
巖 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

𰎠 () 

yán

cliff, precipice; cave, grotto

() 

yán

variant of [yán]

Most common words with 巖
Freq.
Word
Meaning

cliff

岩石

rock

岩浆

lava

熔岩

lava

花岗岩

granite