Character Contained In References Comments
 Simplified  Traditional  Ancient forms  Archaic forms
   traditional formhandwritten form

Variants

Phonetic

Semantic

Apparent
Mandarin
xuan2, xuan4
English
Definitions
black; mysterious; profound; uncertain; vague; abstruse; deep
Etymology
Notes
This was basically the same character as small/thread ; sometimes it appears with the meaning of a line or rope ( ) and sometimes means bright ( ); current meaning of dark may come from its being dyed or perhaps from its similarity to