5 strokes
pelt, skin, hide, leather, skin radical (no. 107)
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N2
1092 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 皮肉 【ヒニク】 irony, sarcasm, cynicism, satire, unexpected, different from what one expected, not as one had planned, (only) surface, something superficial, skin and bone, body
  • 皮革 【ヒカク】 leather, hide
  • 表皮 【ヒョウヒ】 epidermis, cuticle, bark, epidermis, facade
  • 上皮 【ウワカワ】 outer layer (e.g. of skin), cuticle, epidermis, bark, rind, crust, film (on the surface of a liquid), scum, epithelium

Kun reading compounds

  • 皮 【かわ】 skin, hide, pelt, fur, rind, peel, husk, bark, shell, sheath, wrapping, mask (hiding one's true nature), seeming
  • 皮切り 【かわきり】 beginning, start
  • 一皮 【ひとかわ】 unmasking
  • 薄皮 【うすかわ】 thin skin


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pellejo
  • piel
  • cuero
  • pelaje


  • pelego
  • pele
  • esconder
  • couro


  • peau
  • cuir
  • fourrure
  • radical peau (no. 107)
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