7 strokes
tail, end, counter for fish, lower slope of mountain
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
875 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 尾 【ビ】 Chinese "Tail" constellation (one of the 28 mansions), counter for fish, shrimp, etc.
  • 尾行 【ビコウ】 shadow, tail, following
  • 最後尾 【サイコウビ】 end (e.g. of a line), tail end, rear, backmost part
  • 交尾 【コウビ】 copulation (among animals), mating, treading, covering, serving

Kun reading compounds

  • 尾 【お】 tail (of an animal), tail (of a kite, etc.), tail end, tail (of a comet), slope at the foot of a mountain
  • 尾根 【おね】 (mountain) ridge
  • ガスの尾 【ガスのお】 gas tail (of a comet)
  • 虎の尾 【とらのお】 tiger's tail, gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides), Asplenium incisum (species of spleenwort)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
wei3, yi3


  • cola
  • final
  • parte trasera
  • contador de peces


  • rabo
  • fim
  • sufixo para contagem de p/ peixes
  • fundo de uma rampa


  • queue
  • bout
  • compteur de poissons
  • bas de pente (montagne)
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