14 strokes
meat 肉 (⺼)
rot, decay, sour
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1225 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 腐敗 【フハイ】 decomposition, putrefaction, putrescence, spoilage, corruption, degeneracy, decay, depravity
  • 腐食 【フショク】 corrosion, etching, erosion, rot, decay, rust, saprophagy
  • 防腐 【ボウフ】 preservation from decay, prevention of putrefaction, embalmment, antisepsis
  • 高野豆腐 【コウヤドウフ】 freeze-dried tofu

Kun reading compounds

  • 腐る 【くさる】 to rot, to go bad, to decay, to spoil, to fester, to decompose, to turn sour (e.g. milk), to corrode, to weather, to crumble, to become useless, to blunt, to weaken (from lack of practice), to become depraved, to be degenerate, to be morally bankrupt, to be corrupt, to be depressed, to be dispirited, to feel discouraged, to feel down, to have the audacity to, to be bastard enough to, to lose a bet, to be drenched, to become sopping wet
  • 腐るほど 【くさるほど】 more than one can possibly use, countless (e.g. examples), (money) to burn, rolling in (cash)
  • 腐れる 【くされる】 to spoil, to rot, to corrode
  • 腐れ 【くされ】 rotting, spoiling, decaying, corroding, rotten, worthless, paltry, contemptible
  • 腐れ縁 【くされえん】 (undesirable but) inseparable relationship
  • 腐らす 【くさらす】 to let spoil, to leave to rot, to cause to rot, to corrode, to discourage, to dishearten
  • 腐す 【くさす】 to speak ill of


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • putrefacción
  • descomposición
  • agrio
  • pudrirse
  • descomponerse
  • corromperse
  • agriarse


  • prodre
  • apodrecer
  • azedar


  • pourrir
  • putréfier
  • aigre
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1378 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1679 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1245 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1312 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1730 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1011 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3921 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2022 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2729 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1032 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
29625 Morohashi
3162 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4835 New Nelson (John Haig)
1023 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1099 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1727 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
553 2001 Kanji
3q11.3 The Kanji Dictionary
3-3-11 SKIP code
0022.7 Four corner code
1-41-69 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
8150 Unicode hex code