The character 擦 means wipe and is pronounced as 「cā」 in the first tone. Its meaning comes from the components hand 扌 and scrutinize 察. Its sound (probably) comes from the character 察 chá.
to erase, rubbing
to examine, to inquire
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xiàng pí cā
ㄒㄧㄤˋ ㄆㄧˊ ㄘㄚ
oak + skin/fur + wipe
eraser, rubber, CL:塊|块[kuai4]
wipe + do/work
to wipe dry
rub + wipe
friction, rubbing, chafing, fig. disharmony, conflict, also written 磨擦
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