4 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
574 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 火 【カ】 Tuesday, fire (second of the five elements)
  • 火炎瓶 【カエンビン】 Molotov cocktail, petrol bomb, gasoline bomb
  • 発火 【ハッカ】 ignition, combustion, catching fire, firing a blank cartridge, discharge of a gun without bullets
  • 小火 【ボヤ】 small fire

Kun reading compounds

  • 火 【ひ】 fire, flame, blaze
  • 火口 【ひぐち】 burner, nozzle, origin of a fire
  • 飛び火 【とびひ】 leaping flames, flying sparks, spread of fire (due to leaping flames), repercussions in unanticipated areas, spilling over, effects of an incident spreading to those seemingly uninvolved, impetigo contagiosa
  • 不知火 【しらぬい】 phosphorescent light, mysterious lights on the sea, sea fire


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • fuego
  • flama
  • llama


  • fogo


  • feu
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