14 strokes
species, kind, class, variety, seed
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
461 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 種 【シュ】 kind, variety, (biological) species, (logical) species
  • 種子 【シュシ】 seed, pit
  • 職種 【ショクシュ】 type of occupation, occupational category
  • 業種 【ギョウシュ】 type of industry

Kun reading compounds

  • 種 【たね】 seed (e.g. of a plant), pip, kernel, stone (e.g. of a peach), progeny, offspring, issue, breed, paternal blood, lineage, sperm, semen, seed, cause, source, seed, origin, material (e.g. for an article), matter (e.g. of a story), subject (of discussion), theme, (news) copy, source (of a story), ingredient, main ingredient (of a piece of sushi), leaven, mechanism (of a magic trick, etc.), secret, trickery, 10-point card, tane, animal card
  • 種馬 【たねうま】 studhorse, stallion, breeding horse
  • 菜種 【なたね】 rapeseed, coleseed
  • 麻種 【あさたね】 hemp seed


Japanese names:
おい、 くさ、 た、 ほ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
zhong3, chong2, zhong4


  • semilla
  • tipo
  • variedad
  • clase
  • noticia


  • espécie
  • tipo
  • classe
  • variedade
  • cepa


  • espèce
  • classe
  • sorte
  • variété
  • graine
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