7 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
drown, sink, hide, fall into, disappear, die
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1385 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 没 【ボツ】 death, rejection (of a manuscript, etc.), lacking, without
  • 没後 【ボツゴ】 after death, posthumously
  • 戦没 【センボツ】 death in battle, killed in action
  • 陥没 【カンボツ】 cave-in, collapse, sinking, depression (e.g. of the skull), subsidence
  • 没薬 【モツヤク】 myrrh


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
mei2, mo4


  • hundirse
  • ocultarse
  • morir
  • perecer
  • perder
  • penetrar
  • rechazar
  • excluir


  • afogar
  • afundar
  • esconder
  • cair na mãos de
  • desaparecer
  • evaporar


  • sombrer
  • couler
  • cacher
  • immersion
  • disparaître
  • mourir
1823 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1579 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2506 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1075 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1461 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
935 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
963 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1130 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1167 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
305 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
194 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
230 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
714 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17233 Morohashi
260 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3066 New Nelson (John Haig)
707 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
763 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1140 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
368 2001 Kanji
3a4.15 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-4 SKIP code
3714.7 Four corner code
1-43-55 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6ca1 Unicode hex code