16 strokes
metal, gold 金 (釒)
confused, mix, be in disorder
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1740 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 錯誤 【サクゴ】 mistake, error, discrepancy, discrepancy between one's actions and intentions
  • 錯綜 【サクソウ】 complication, intricacy, involution, to become complicated, to get entangled
  • 交錯 【コウサク】 mixture, blending, complication, crossing, intersecting, interlacing
  • 性倒錯 【セイトウサク】 paraphilia, sexual deviancy
  • 介錯 【カイシャク】 beheading (as the ending to a seppuku), assistance, help


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
cuo4, cu4
chag, jo


  • confundirse
  • mezclarse
  • equivocarse
  • estar desordenado


  • confundir
  • mistura
  • está em desordem


  • embrouillé
  • confus
  • complexe
  • mélange
1302 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1794 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4880 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1747 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1854 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1199 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1262 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1603 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1826 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2187 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1148 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1555 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1193 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
40579 Morohashi
1743 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6299 New Nelson (John Haig)
1185 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1269 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1858 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2878 2001 Kanji
8a8.10 The Kanji Dictionary
1-8-8 SKIP code
8416.1 Four corner code
1-26-88 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
932f Unicode hex code