11 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
pure, purify, cleanse, exorcise, Manchu dynasty
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
705 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 清算 【セイサン】 (financial) settlement, squaring accounts, clearing debts, liquidation, ending (a relationship), breaking up (with), burying (the past), redeeming (one's faults)
  • 清潔 【セイケツ】 clean, hygienic, sanitary, pure, virtuous, immaculate
  • 血清 【ケッセイ】 serum, blood serum
  • 乳清 【ニュウセイ】 whey
  • 清浄 【セイジョウ】 pure, clean, purity
  • 清浄無垢 【セイジョウムク】 purity, spotlessness
  • 清 【シン】 Qing dynasty (of China; 1644-1912), Ch'ing dynasty, Manchu dynasty
  • 清朝 【シンチョウ】 Qing dynasty (of China; 1644-1912), Ch'ing dynasty, Manchu dynasty, seichōtai, typeface which resembles brush-stroke forms of characters
  • 東清 【トウシン】 Eastern China
  • 日清 【ニッシン】 Nissin Foods (abbr)

Kun reading compounds

  • 清い 【きよい】 clean, clear, pure, honest, clean, innocent, platonic, chaste
  • 清い愛 【きよいあい】 pure love, platonic love
  • 清まる 【きよまる】 to be purified, to be cleansed
  • 清める 【きよめる】 to purify, to cleanse, to exorcise, to purge, to ward off


Japanese names:
あき、 さや、 し、 すが、 すみ、 せ、 ちん
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • puro
  • claro
  • purificar
  • limpiar


  • puro
  • purificar
  • limpar
  • exorcisar
  • Disnastia Manchu


  • pur
  • purifier
  • exorciser
  • nettoyer
  • dynastie Mandchoue
440 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
547 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
517 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
509 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2605 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
654 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
692 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1342 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
660 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
671 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
754 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1213 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
635 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
384 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
479 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1553 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
17695P Morohashi
523 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3205 New Nelson (John Haig)
1539 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1659 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
569 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
346 2001 Kanji
3a8.18 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-8 SKIP code
3512.7 Four corner code
1-32-22 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6e05 Unicode hex code