9 strokes
knife, sword 刀 (刂)
plane, sharpen, whittle, pare, shave
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
814 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 削除 【サクジョ】 deletion, elimination, erasure, striking out
  • 削減 【サクゲン】 cut, reduction, curtailment
  • 掘削 【クッサク】 digging out, excavation
  • 開削 【カイサク】 excavation, cutting, digging

Kun reading compounds

  • 削る 【けずる】 to shave (wood, leather, etc.), to sharpen (e.g. pencil), to plane, to whittle, to pare, to scrape off, to erode, to cut down (budget, expenses, staff, time, etc.), to curtail, to reduce, to delete, to erase, to remove, to cross out, to strike out
  • 削る 【はつる】 to shave off (esp. concrete), to take a percentage, to take a cut
  • 削ぐ 【そぐ】 to chip (off), to shave off, to slice off, to cut off, to sharpen, to dampen (one's enthusiasm, interest, etc.), to reduce, to diminish, to weaken, to spoil


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
xue1, xiao1, xue4


  • cepillo
  • cepillar
  • tallar
  • modelar


  • Avião
  • afiar
  • descascar
  • aparar


  • raboter
  • tailler
  • affiler
  • réduire
  • parer
  • supprimer
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1453 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
690 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1164 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1092 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1611 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1718 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1320 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
195 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1837 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
972 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1316 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
119 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2000X Morohashi
1448 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
488 New Nelson (John Haig)
118 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
124 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1233 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1043 2001 Kanji
2f7.4 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-2 SKIP code
9220.0 Four corner code
1-26-79 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
524a Unicode hex code