8 strokes
Jinmeiyou kanji used in names
Kentei exam level Pre-1
JLPT exam level N1

chief, beginning

  • かしら
  • モウ
  • ボウ
  • ミョウ
  • たけし
  • たけ
  • はる
  • はじめ
  • つとむ
  • おさ
  • はい

Main Radical


Reading Commonality

モウ 100.0%

Character Breakdown

chief, beginning
モウ ボウ ミョウ (Kentei Pre-1, N1)
child, sign of the rat, 11PM-1AM
こ シ ス (1st, N5)
complete, finish
リョウ さとる (8th, N2)
one, one radical (no.1)
イチ いっ ひと- (1st, N5)
dish, a helping, plate
さら ベイ (3rd, N2)

Contained In

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Unicode hex code 5B5F
JIS X 0208 1-44-50
Nelson, A. Classic Nelson 1269
Haig, J. New Nelson Japanese-English Character Dictionary 1291
Halpern, J. New Japanese-English Character Dictionary 2220
Halpern, J. Kodansha Kanji Dictionary 2760
Halpern, J. Kanji Learners Dictionary (Kodansha) 1412
Halpern, J. Kanji Learners Dictionary (Kodansha), 2nd edition (2013) 1906
Heisig, J. Remembering The Kanji 2872
O'Neill, P.G. Japanese Names 667
Morohashi Daikanwajiten 6960
Spahn and Hadamitzky Kanji and Kana 2049
Tuttle Dictionary Descriptor Code 2c5.1
Four corner code 1710.7