16 strokes
grass 艸 (艹)
dilute, thin, weak (tea), pampas grass
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1009 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 薄弱 【ハクジャク】 feebleness, weakness, weak
  • 薄謝 【ハクシャ】 small consideration (remuneration, token of gratitude)
  • 肉薄 【ニクハク】 closing in on (the enemy, first place, etc.), coming close to, pressing hard, pressing hard (e.g. with a question), taking to task, grilling
  • 精薄 【セイハク】 mental retardation (pejorative), mentally retarded

Kun reading compounds

  • 薄い 【うすい】 thin (of an object), pale, light, faint, watery, thin, diluted, weak (taste, etc.), little (affection, etc.), not much (of a presence), slim (probability, etc.), small, sparse, patchy, scattered
  • 薄板 【うすいた】 thin board, veneer, thin sheet of steel (3 mm or less), thin cloth, square wooden vase stand
  • 薄める 【うすめる】 to dilute, to water down
  • 薄まる 【うすまる】 to become weak
  • 薄らぐ 【うすらぐ】 to become thin, to fade, to grow pale
  • 薄れる 【うすれる】 to fade, to become dim
  • 【ススキ】 Chinese silvergrass (Miscanthus sinensis), maiden grass, susuki grass
  • 花薄 【はなすすき】 Japanese pampas grass in ear


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bo2, bao2, bo4


  • pálido
  • fino
  • delgado
  • diluirse
  • debilitarse
  • diluir
  • aclarar
  • palidecer
  • desvanecerse


  • diluir
  • fraco
  • ralo (chá)


  • fin
  • dilué
  • léger (thé)
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