11 strokes
cow 牛 (牜)


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 牽引 【ケンイン】 traction, towing, hauling, pulling, drawing, driving (e.g. economic growth)
  • 牽引車 【ケンインシャ】 tractor, towing vehicle, driving force, leading role

Kun reading compounds

  • 引く 【ひく】 to pull, to tug, to lead (e.g. a horse), to draw (attention, sympathy, etc.), to attract (e.g. interest), to draw back (e.g. one's hand), to draw in (one's chin, stomach, etc.), to pull in, to draw (a card, mahjong tile, etc.), to draw (a line, plan, etc.), to catch (a cold), to play (a stringed or keyboard instrument), to look up (in a dictionary, phone book, etc.), to consult, to check, to haul, to pull (vehicles), to subtract, to deduct, to recede, to ebb, to fade, to be descend from, to inherit (a characteristic), to quote, to cite, to raise (as evidence), to lay on (electricity, gas, etc.), to install (e.g. a telephone), to supply (e.g. water), to hold (e.g. a note), to apply (e.g. lipstick), to oil (e.g. a pan), to wax (e.g. a floor), to move back, to draw back, to recede, to fall back, to retreat, to lessen, to subside, to ebb, to go down (e.g. of swelling), to resign, to retire, to quit


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):




320 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
2028 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2621 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1816 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
20025 Morohashi
3544 New Nelson (John Haig)
2550 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2607 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
2j9.3 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-9 SKIP code
0050.3 Four corner code
1-24-03 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
727d Unicode hex code