11 strokes
second 乛 (乙, ⺄, 乚)
drought, dry, dessicate, drink up, heaven, emperor
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1453 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 乾電池 【カンデンチ】 dry cell, battery
  • 乾燥 【カンソウ】 dryness, aridity, drying (e.g. clothes), dehydration, desiccation, insipidity
  • 速乾 【ソッカン】 drying quickly
  • 臘乾 【ラカン】 Chinese smoked and salted ham
  • 乾 【ケン】 qian (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: heaven, northwest)
  • 乾位 【ケンイ】 northwest

Kun reading compounds

  • 乾く 【かわく】 to get dry
  • 乾かす 【かわかす】 to dry (clothes, etc.), to desiccate
  • 干す 【ほす】 to air, to dry, to desiccate, to drain (off), to drink up, to deprive of a role, job, etc.
  • 干る 【ひる】 to dry (up), to become parched, to ebb, to recede
  • 戌亥 【いぬい】 northwest


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
gan1, qian2
gan, geon


  • seco
  • secar
  • secarse
  • desecarse


  • seca
  • dessecar
  • evaporar
  • paraíso
  • imperador


  • sécheresse
  • sécher
  • dessécher
  • vider (verre)
  • cieux
  • empereur
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