3 strokes
soil, earth, ground, Turkey
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
307 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 土 【ド】 Saturday, earth, dirt, soil, land, lands, ground, earth (third of the five elements)
  • 土地 【トチ】 plot of land, lot, soil, locality, region, place
  • 浄土 【ジョウド】 pure land (esp. the Western Pure Land paradise of Amitabha), (Buddhist) paradise, Pure Land Buddhism
  • 郷土 【キョウド】 native place, birth-place, one's old home, province, region, locality
  • 土 【ト】 Turkey
  • 時計 【トケイ】 clock, watch, timepiece
  • 下土 【カド】 lower world, this world, the earth
  • 率土 【ソット】 face of the earth

Kun reading compounds

  • 土 【つち】 earth, soil, dirt, clay, mud, the earth (historically, esp. as opposed to the heavens), the ground, the land, low-quality torinoko-gami (containing mud), (period of) refraining from construction in the direction of the god of the earth (in Onmyōdō)
  • 土方 【どかた】 construction worker, laborer (labourer), navvy
  • 盛り土 【もりど】 embankment (for road, railway, etc.), raising the ground level, fill
  • 赤土 【あかつち】 red clay, red earth, laterite, dark-red paint


Japanese names:
つく、 は、 ひじ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
to, du


  • suelo
  • tierra
  • Turquía


  • solo
  • terra
  • chão
  • Turquia


  • sol
  • terre
  • terrain
  • Turquie
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