4 strokes
fur, hair
fur, hair, feather, down
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N2
1179 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 毛 【モウ】 one-thousandth, 0.03 mm (one-thousandth of a sun), 0.01 percent (one-thousandth of a wari), 3.75 milligrams (one-thousandth of a monme), old monetary unit (0.0001 yen)
  • 毛皮 【ケガワ】 fur, skin, pelt, kanji "fur" radical
  • 不毛 【フモウ】 barren, sterile, infertile, unproductive (e.g. discussion), fruitless
  • 再生毛 【サイセイモウ】 recycled wool, reclaimed wool

Kun reading compounds

  • 毛 【け】 hair, fur, wool, down, plumage, feathers
  • 毛皮 【けがわ】 fur, skin, pelt, kanji "fur" radical
  • お毛毛 【おけけ】 pubic hair
  • 猫っ毛 【ねこっけ】 fine, soft hair


Japanese names:
めん、 も
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pelaje
  • vello
  • pluma
  • cultivo
  • producción


  • peles
  • cabelo
  • pena
  • abaixo


  • pilosité
  • pelage
  • cheveux
  • plumage
  • duvet
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