13 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
melt, dissolve, thaw
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1364 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 溶岩 【ヨウガン】 lava
  • 溶液 【ヨウエキ】 solution (liquid)
  • 溶溶 【ヨウヨウ】 vast, overflowing with water, spacious
  • 可溶 【カヨウ】 soluble, solubilizing, solubilising

Kun reading compounds

  • 溶ける 【とける】 to melt, to thaw, to fuse, to dissolve
  • 溶かす 【とかす】 to dissolve, to melt
  • 溶く 【とく】 to dissolve (paint), to scramble (eggs), to melt (metal, etc.), to mix (water with flour, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • derretir
  • fundir
  • disolver
  • derretirse
  • fundirse
  • disolverse


  • derreter
  • dissolver
  • fundir (neve)


  • fondre
  • dissoudre
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1501 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1238 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
816 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1643 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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3a10.15 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-10 SKIP code
3316.8 Four corner code
1-45-47 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6eb6 Unicode hex code