I’m just curious, because when the Japanese borrowed that word into their vocabulary, it became "kanji." Was the "h" more gutteral maybe (so as to be confused with the "k" sound), and the "i" more like an "ee" sound, at that time? I realize this is a very specific question I’m asking, but I’d love to know.

Thanks in advance!

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