上午morning

Chinese name: 上午

Pinyin: shàng wǔ

English name: morning

Characters: 上 is an ideogrammatic character which originally in oracle bones was a short horizontal line above a slightly longer line. Now the character simply means up.

The second character 午 was an image of a rice pounder in oracle bones. Now it simply means midday.

A literal translation of 上午 in English is up midday.

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