燎 - Dong Chinese dictionary

liáoliǎo

to burn

Phonosemantic compound. represents the meaning and represents the sound.

Components
火 meaning component

  Meaning component

huǒ

  

fire

尞 sound component

  Sound component

liào

  

fuel used for sacrifices

also serves as a meaning component.

Evolution

燎 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
燎 Clerical script Western Han dynasty (202 BC-9 AD)

Clerical script

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

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
燎 Clerical script Cao Wei (Three Kingdoms: 222-280 AD)

Clerical script

Cao Wei (Three Kingdoms: 222-280 AD)
燎 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

liáo

to burn, set afire; to illuminate; a signal lamp; to burn; to set afire

 

liǎo

to singe

Most common words with 燎
Freq.
Word
Meaning

燎原

to start a prairie fire

to burn

心急火燎

to burn with anxiety

烟熏火燎

smoke and baking fire (idiom); surrounded by flames and smoke

火烧火燎

restless with anxiety