11 strokes
mound, dam (阝 left) 阜 (阝)
precipitous, inaccessible place, impregnable position, steep place, sharp eyes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
707 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 険 【ケン】 steepness, steep place, harsh (look), sharp (tongue)
  • 険悪 【ケンアク】 dangerous, perilous, threatening, stormy, volatile, tense, critical, serious, stern (expression), hostile (attitude), sharp, harsh
  • 損害保険 【ソンガイホケン】 damage insurance
  • 社会保険 【シャカイホケン】 social insurance

Kun reading compounds

  • 険しい 【けわしい】 precipitous, rugged, inaccessible, impregnable, steep, grim, severe, stern
  • 険しい顔 【けわしいかお】 grim face


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • escarpado
  • inaccesible
  • peligroso
  • difícil


  • íngreme
  • lugar inacessível
  • posição inexpugnável
  • lugar escarpado
  • olhos agudos


  • à pic
  • escarpé
  • raide
  • lieu inaccessible
  • position imprenable
  • regard aiguisé
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988 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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542 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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736 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
658 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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1688 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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542 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6456 New Nelson (John Haig)
1672 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1802 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
731 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
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1-3-8 SKIP code
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