16 strokes
meat 肉 (⺼)
swell, get fat, thick
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1293 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 膨張 【ボウチョウ】 expansion, swelling, increase, growth
  • 膨大 【ボウダイ】 huge, vast, enormous, colossal, extensive, large, swelling, expansion
  • 海膨 【カイボウ】 rise

Kun reading compounds

  • 膨らむ 【ふくらむ】 to expand, to swell (out), to get big, to become inflated
  • 膨れる 【ふくれる】 to swell (out), to expand, to be inflated, to distend, to bulge, to get cross, to get sulky, to pout


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • hinchado
  • inflado
  • hincharse
  • inflarse
  • hinchar
  • inflar


  • inchar
  • engordar
  • espesso


  • gonfler
  • grossir
  • épais
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1354 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1043 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1380 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
741 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1735 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
29861 Morohashi
1084 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4874 New Nelson (John Haig)
1719 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1855 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1835 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3960 2001 Kanji
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