4 strokes
hiding enclosure
equal, head, counter for small animals, roll of cloth
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1384 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 匹偶 【ヒツグウ】 pair, couple (husband and wife), friend, comrade
  • 馬匹 【バヒツ】 horses

Kun reading compounds

  • 匹 【ひき】 counter for small animals, counter for rolls of cloth (two han in size), counter for horses, roll of cloth


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
pi3, pi1
pil, mog


  • una persona
  • confrontar
  • equilibrar
  • contador de animales
  • contador de largo de telas


  • igual
  • cabeça
  • sufixo para contagem de para pequenos animais
  • rolo de pano


  • égal
  • tête
  • compteur de petits animaux
  • rouleau de tissu (= 2 tan = ~19m)
1736 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1595 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
756 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1120 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
379 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
187 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1500 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1599 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1203 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
234 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3680 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1878 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2558 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1711 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2673 Morohashi
2962 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
584 New Nelson (John Haig)
1695 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1830 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1025 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3475 2001 Kanji
2t2.3 The Kanji Dictionary
3-2-2 SKIP code
7171.1 Four corner code
1-41-04 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5339 Unicode hex code