1 strokes
second 乛 (乙, ⺄, 乚)
the latter, duplicate, strange, witty, fishhook radical (no. 5)
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1841 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 乙 【オツ】 (the) second (party, rank, etc.), B (grade), the latter, stylish, chic, smart, witty, tasty, strange, quaint, queer, thank you, good job, see you, goodbye, goodnight
  • 乙亥 【キノトイ】 Wood Boar (12th term of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1935, 1995, 2055)
  • うp乙 【ウプオツ】 thanks for uploading
  • 甲と乙 【コウトオツ】 the former and the latter, A and B
  • 乙亥 【キノトイ】 Wood Boar (12th term of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1935, 1995, 2055)
  • 乙未 【キノトヒツジ】 Wood Sheep (32nd term of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1955, 2015, 2075)
  • 不一 【フイツ】 Very sincerely yours, different

Kun reading compounds

  • 乙 【きのと】 second in rank, second sign of the Chinese calendar
  • 乙亥 【きのとい】 Wood Boar (12th term of the sexagenary cycle, e.g. 1935, 1995, 2055)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • segundo
  • duplicado
  • extraño
  • ingenioso
  • elegante


  • o último
  • duplicar
  • engenhoso
  • estranho


  • radical hameçon (no. 5)
  • chic
  • signe du 2ème tronc céleste
  • dernier
  • second
  • étrange
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