Lawn

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JLPT: N1

School Grade: Junior high school

This character is a combination of 艹 plant/grass and 之 a non-general use character now used to mean “this.” Originally 之 was a highly stylized derivative of a variant of 生 plant, and at one stage meant “emerge,” and, by association, “from.” In 芝 is it used literally to mean “plant,” with 艹 acting as a reinforcing element. In Japanese it has come to specifically mean “grass,” especially in the sense of “turf/lawn.”