11 strokes
cultivate, foster
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1431 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 培養 【バイヨウ】 culture, cultivation, cultivation (of plants), growing, raising, cultivation (e.g. of a skill), nurture (of democracy, national power, etc.), growth
  • 培植 【バイショク】 cultivation (of plants), culturing
  • 育成栽培 【イクセイサイバイ】 vegetable and fruit growing
  • 促成栽培 【ソクセイサイバイ】 forcing (plants, vegetables, etc.), artificially hastening the growth of plants (by controlling heat, light, etc.)

Kun reading compounds

  • 培う 【つちかう】 to cultivate, to foster


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bae, bu


  • cultivo
  • fomento
  • cultivar
  • fomentar


  • cultivar
  • alimentar


  • culture (plantes)
  • entretenir
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1-3-8 SKIP code
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