时候time

Chinese name: 时候

Pinyin: shí hòu

English name: time

Characters: The first character 时 consists of a sun radical and a component 寸 (meaning: inch, pinyin: cùn). Originally in oracle bones, this character was an image of a foot above a sun which meant the movement of the sun. Now it is simply means time.

The second character 候 originally looked like 侯. There was personal radical  on the left and on the right hand side it was a cliff above an arrow. The character used to mean hunting on the mountain but now it simply means state.

A literal translation of  时候 in English is time state.

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