Jisho

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4 strokes
Radical:
legs
Parts:
beginning, former time, origin
Kun:
もと
On:
ゲンガン
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
192 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 元 【ゲン】 unknown (e.g. in an equation), element (of a set), yuan (monetary unit of China), Yuan dynasty (China)
  • 元気 【ゲンキ】 lively, full of spirit, energetic, vigorous, vital, spirited, healthy, well, fit, in good health
  • 根源 【コンゲン】 root, source, origin, foundation, base, principle
  • 還元 【カンゲン】 reduction, resolution, deoxidization, deoxidation, restoration, return
  • 元来 【ガンライ】 originally, primarily, essentially, logically, naturally
  • 元日 【ガンジツ】 New Year's Day

Kun reading compounds

  • 元 【もと】 origin, source, base, basis, foundation, root, cause, ingredient, material, (somebody's) side, (somebody's) location, original cost (or capital, principal, etc.), (plant) root, (tree) trunk, first section of a waka, counter for blades of grass, tree trunks, etc., and for falcons (in falconry), handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.), grip
  • 元 【もと】 former, ex-
  • 元々 【もともと】 originally, by nature, from the start
  • 手元 【てもと】 at hand, on hand, nearby, close at hand, way of moving one's arms, skill, money at hand, pocket money, grip, handle

Readings

Japanese names:
ちか、 はじめ、 はる、 ゆき、 よし
Chinese:
yuan2
Korean:
weon

Spanish

  • comienzo
  • principio
  • origen
  • jefe

Portuguese

  • começo
  • tempo anterior
  • origem

French

  • commencement
  • origine
  • ancien temps
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