8 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
bud, sprout, spear, germ
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
1691 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 芽球 【ガキュウ】 gemmule, blast (cell)
  • 芽殖孤虫 【ガショクコチュウ】 Sparganum proliferum (species of worm)
  • 発芽 【ハツガ】 germination, sprouting, budding
  • 無性芽 【ムセイガ】 gemma

Kun reading compounds

  • 芽 【め】 sprout, shoot, bud, germinal disk (in an egg)
  • 目出度い 【めでたい】 happy, auspicious, propitious, joyous, naive
  • 若芽 【わかめ】 sprouts, new shoots, young buds
  • 脇芽 【わきめ】 axillary bud, lateral bud, side shoots (e.g. of a tomato or broccoli plant), side buds, suckers


Japanese names:
じ、 めぐ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ya2, di2


  • brote
  • germen


  • botão
  • broto
  • brotar
  • germe (planta)


  • bourgeon
  • pousse
  • brin
  • germe
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3920 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
709 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1697 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
683 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1455 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1549 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1835 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
645 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2784 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1429 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1927 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1924 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
30860P Morohashi
2240 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5002 New Nelson (John Haig)
1905 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2054 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
497 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1947 2001 Kanji
3k5.9 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-5 SKIP code
2-4-4 SKIP code
4424.1 Four corner code
1-18-74 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
82bd Unicode hex code