|Pinyin||xī (first tone)|
|Rather like 'hsee'|
As with some other common characters the perhaps fanciful derivation is a bird sitting on a nest, representing the fact that when the sun sets in the West, birds go back to roost on their nests. With millennia of simplification this has become a stroke representing the bird with only its two legs on the nest clearly denoted. More likely though the character has been 'borrowed' from another character by a long-lost association.
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