13 strokes (also 14)
grass 艸 (艹)
cover, lid, flap
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
2388 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 蓋果 【ガイカ】 pyxidium
  • 蓋然 【ガイゼン】 probability
  • 鰓蓋 【エラブタ】 gill cover, operculum
  • 口蓋 【コウガイ】 palate

Kun reading compounds

  • 蓋 【ふた】 cover, lid, cap
  • 蓋を開ける 【ふたをあける】 to open the lid, to lift a lid, to open the lid (on), to make public, to start (something), to look at the results (consequences, outcome, effect), to look at the condition of something, to open (of a theatre)
  • ポケ蓋 【ポケふた】 manhole cover decorated with Pokémon creatures
  • 臭い物に蓋 【くさいものにふた】 looking the other way, hushing up a problem
  • 蓋し 【けだし】 certainly, really, truly, indeed, possibly, maybe, perhaps, probably
  • 覆う 【おおう】 to cover, to hide, to conceal, to wrap, to disguise


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
gai4, ge3, he2
gae, hab




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