15 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
straw rope, cord
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
1075 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 縄文 【ジョウモン】 straw-rope pattern pressed into earthenware, Jōmon period (ca. 14000-1000 BCE)
  • 縄鏢 【ジョウヒョウ】 rope dart, rope javelin
  • 絞縄 【コウジョウ】 hangman's noose, halter, rope to hang a criminal
  • 結縄 【ケツジョウ】 knotted cord or rope, quipu, quippu

Kun reading compounds

  • 縄 【なわ】 rope, cord, policeman's rope
  • 縄跳び 【なわとび】 skipping rope, jump rope, skipping, rope-jumping
  • 腰縄 【こしなわ】 leash, rope tied round prisoner's waists
  • 延縄 【はえなわ】 longline


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • cuerda de paja
  • cordón
  • soga


  • corda de palha
  • corda


  • corde
  • corde de paille
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