Why the period? 太 ふと.い?

I know this character means fat, but if I’m saying fat like. This is a lot of fat. Is the period there before the い to indicate I would just say ふと? I know that if I were describing a person or thing as fat, I’d use the full ふと.い, but what is the period there for anyway?

It’s because this word in kanji is written 太い, with the ふと “inside” the kanji. The period is there to tell you what is inside the kanji and what isn’t.


Oh, that makes sense, thank you

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