12 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
split, rend, tear
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1041 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 裂孔ヘルニア 【レツコウヘルニア】 hiatal hernia, hiatus hernia
  • 裂肉歯 【レツニクシ】 carnassial, carnassial tooth
  • 核分裂 【カクブンレツ】 nuclear fission, karyokinesis (division of a cell nucleus during mitosis or meiosis)
  • 炸裂 【サクレツ】 violent explosion, bursting

Kun reading compounds

  • 裂く 【さく】 to tear, to rip up, to cut up, to cleave, to cut open (esp. the abdomen), to forcibly separate (e.g. two lovers), to spare (time, money, etc.), to use part of something, to have a tattoo in the corner of one's eye
  • 裂ける 【さける】 to split, to tear, to burst, to be separated, to be divided


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
lie4, lie3


  • hendidura
  • escisión
  • desgarramiento
  • hender
  • rasgar
  • desgarrar
  • desgarrarse
  • agrietarse


  • partir
  • arrancar
  • lágrimas


  • fente
  • déchirer
  • arracher
1930 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1332 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4233 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1277 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1728 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1330 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1413 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1371 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1626 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3331 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1727 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2347 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
821 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34260 Morohashi
2687 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5453 New Nelson (John Haig)
813 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
876 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1581 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3165 2001 Kanji
5e6.7 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-6 SKIP code
1273.2 Four corner code
1-46-86 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
88c2 Unicode hex code