8 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
seedling, sapling, shoot
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1713 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 苗 【ミャオ】 Miao (people), Hmong
  • 苗裔 【ビョウエイ】 descendant
  • 種苗 【シュビョウ】 seeds and seedlings, eggs and hatchlings, (fish) eggs and fry
  • 育苗 【イクビョウ】 raising seedlings
  • 苗字 【ミョウジ】 surname, family name, last name
  • 苗字帯刀 【ミョウジタイトウ】 right to bear a surname and to wear a sword (during the Edo period)
  • 豆苗 【トウミョウ】 pea sprouts

Kun reading compounds

  • 苗 【なえ】 seedling, young plant, rice seedling
  • 苗木 【なえぎ】 seedling, sapling, young tree
  • 早苗 【さなえ】 rice seedling
  • 花苗 【はななえ】 flower seedling


Japanese names:
ねい、 のら、 みう、 みつ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • siembra
  • plantón
  • retoño
  • vástago


  • Muda (planta)
  • broto


  • plant
  • jeune arbre
  • bourgeon
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1287 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1698 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
685 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1468 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1565 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1837 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
649 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2781 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1426 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1924 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
239 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
30781P Morohashi
2237 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5004 New Nelson (John Haig)
234 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
249 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1215 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1976 2001 Kanji
3k5.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-5 SKIP code
4460.0 Four corner code
1-41-36 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
82d7 Unicode hex code