冥 meaning "Underworld"? 🤔

I believe I get why “冥” is labelled as meaning “Underworld”, looking at the associated vocab words (“冥土/Realm of the dead”, “冥界/Underworld” and “冥王星/Pluto”) being semantically “close”, so to speak.

But looking into the dictionaries, they all define 冥’s meaning as “Dark” (I also do believe most of the dicts use the same source… anyway…)

So, if this is correct, wouldn’t it be better to use “Underworld” as its WK radical rather than its kanji meaning?

Cheers!

WaniKani isn’t even wrong – 「冥」とは? 部首・画数・読み方・意味 - goo漢字辞典

That the same source is probably KANJIDIC2.

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Yes, that’s the guy! Kanjidic2!!

I didn’t think about checking Japanese dictionaries, great idea! :slight_smile: goo is great!

But even then, shouldn’t “dark” at least be listed as an alternative meaning? (or even the other way around?)