12 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
entwine, coil around, get caught in
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
806 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 絡繹 【ラクエキ】 constant (stream of traffic), incessant
  • 絡糸嬢 【ラクシジョウ】 cricket, bush-cricket
  • 短絡 【タンラク】 short circuit, short, illogical jump, drawing a hasty inference (between two events), jumping to conclusions, acting rashly
  • 脈絡 【ミャクラク】 logical connection, chain of reasoning, coherence, context, blood vessel

Kun reading compounds

  • 絡む 【からむ】 to twine, to get tangled, to get entangled, to get caught (in), to be involved (e.g. of money in a matter), to get involved (in), to be a factor (in), to have an influence, to pick a quarrel (with), to find fault (with), to pester, to hassle
  • 絡まる 【からまる】 to be entwined, to be involved


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
luo4, lao4


  • entrelazar
  • enredar
  • rodear
  • ser atrapado
  • ser envuelto
  • ser enredado


  • enroscar
  • enrolar
  • ser apanhado em


  • enlacer
  • entrelacer
  • s'enrouler autour
  • s'empêtrer dans
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1536 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1709 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1351 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1578 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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6a6.6 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-6 SKIP code
2796.4 Four corner code
1-45-77 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7d61 Unicode hex code