9 strokes
Jouyou kanji
Taught in 2nd grade
JLPT exam level N5

eat, food

Kun'yomi
  • to eat ②to live ③to bite ④to tease
  • to eat ②to receive (e.g. a blow) ③to be on the receiving end (of something undesirable)
  • to eat ②to live on (e.g. a salary)
  • to eat (fodder, grass, etc.) ②to receive (a salary)
On'yomi
  • ショ
    food ②eating ③meal
  • ジキ
    food ②eating ③meal
Nanori
  • ぐい

Main Radical

(KanXi)

Variants

Reading Commonality

べる 44.2%
らう 28.5%
ショク 26.6%
ジキ 0.7%
0.0%

Character Breakdown

eat, food
た.べる く.う ショク (2nd, N5)
person
ニン ひと ジン (1st, N5)
good, pleasing, skilled
よ.い リョウ ら (4th, N3)
katakana no radical (no. 4)
ヘツ えい よう (Kentei 1)
northeast (Oriental zodiac), stopping, good radical (no. 138)
うしとら コン (Kentei Pre-1)
day, sun, Japan
ひ ニチ にっ (1st, N5)
garment, clothes, dressing
イ ころも きぬ (4th, N2)
kettle lid radical (no. 8)
トウ (Kentei 1)
garment(衣) variant

Contained In

Common Words

to eat ②to live on (e.g. a salary)
to eat ②to live ③to bite ④to tease
to eat ②to receive (e.g. a blow) ③to be on the receiving end (of something undesirable)
food ②eating ③meal
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References

Unicode hex code 98DF
JIS X 0208 1-31-9
Nelson, A. Classic Nelson 5154
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Tuttle Dictionary Descriptor Code 8b0.1
Four corner code 8073.2
De Roo Code 2865