The character 古 means ancient and is pronounced as 「gǔ」 in the third tone. Its meaning comes from the components ten 十 and opening 口. Its sound (probably) comes from the character 口 kǒu.
surname Gu, old
mouth, domestic animals
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Ten (十) ancient (古) mouths (口) were found in the sandbox.
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ancient + generation
ancient times, olden times
duplicate + ancient
to return to old ways (a Confucian aspiration), to turn back the clock, neoclassical school during Tang and Song associated with classical writing 古文, retro (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s)
ancient + city
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