10 strokes
root, radical, head (pimple)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
620 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 根 【コン】 stick-to-itiveness, perseverance, persistence, radical (esp. one that tends to ionize easily), root, indriya (faculty of the body having a specific function, i.e. the sensory organs)
  • 根幹 【コンカン】 foundation, root, basis, core, fundamentals, root and trunk
  • 事実無根 【ジジツムコン】 groundless, entirely contrary to fact
  • 球根 【キュウコン】 (plant) bulb

Kun reading compounds

  • 根 【ね】 root (of a plant), root (of a tooth, hair, etc.), center (of a pimple, etc.), root (of all evil, etc.), source, origin, cause, basis, one's true nature, (fishing) reef
  • 根ざす 【ねざす】 to come from, to have roots in
  • 島根 【しまね】 Shimane (prefecture), island country
  • 尾根 【おね】 (mountain) ridge


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • raíz matemática
  • perseverancia
  • raíz


  • raiz
  • radical
  • verruga


  • racine
  • radical
  • point noir (acné)
216 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
298 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
282 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
535 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2261 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
425 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
632 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1372 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
314 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
314 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
974 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1092 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1167 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
631 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
841 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1473 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
14745 Morohashi
930 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2670 New Nelson (John Haig)
1461 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1571 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
390 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
355 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1865 2001 Kanji
4a6.5 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-6 SKIP code
4793.2 Four corner code
1-26-12 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6839 Unicode hex code