11 strokes
jade (king) 玉 (王)
ball, sphere
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
302 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 球 【キュウ】 sphere, globe, ball, bulb, ball, sphere, counter for pitches
  • 球技 【キュウギ】 ball game (e.g. baseball, tennis, soccer), billiards
  • 眼球 【ガンキュウ】 eyeball
  • 匍球 【ホキュウ】 grounder

Kun reading compounds

  • 玉 【たま】 ball, sphere, globe, orb, bead (of sweat, dew, etc.), drop, droplet, ball (in sports), pile (of noodles, etc.), bullet, bulb (i.e. a light bulb), lens (of glasses, etc.), bead (of an abacus), ball (i.e. a testicle), gem, jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively), pearl, female entertainer (e.g. a geisha), person (when commenting on their nature), character, item, funds or person used as part of a plot, egg, okonomiyaki, coin, precious, beautiful, excellent
  • 玉突き 【たまつき】 billiards, pool, serial collisions (of cars)
  • 電気の球 【でんきのたま】 electric (light) bulb
  • 目の玉 【めのたま】 eyeball


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pelota
  • esfera


  • bola
  • esfera


  • balle
  • sphère
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