Jisho

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13 strokes
Radical:
rain
Parts:
zero, spill, overflow, nothing, cipher
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1217 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 零 【レイ】 zero, nought
  • 零細 【レイサイ】 insignificant, trifling, paltry, cottage (industry), tiny (company)
  • 冪零 【ベキレイ】 nilpotent
  • 非零 【ヒレイ】 non-zero

Kun reading compounds

  • 0 【ゼロ】 zero, nought
  • 零因子 【ぜろいんし】 zero divisor, null factor, nil factor
  • 零す 【こぼす】 to spill, to drop, to shed (tears), to grumble, to complain, to let one's feelings show
  • 零れる 【こぼれる】 to spill, to fall out of, to overflow, to peek through, to become visible (although normally not), to escape (of a smile, tear, etc.)

Readings

Chinese:
ling2
Korean:
ryeong, ryeon

Spanish

  • cero
  • nada
  • pequeño
  • derramar
  • desbordar
  • estropearse
  • hacerse ruinas

Portuguese

  • zero
  • entornar
  • inundação
  • nada
  • cifra

French

  • zéro
  • se répandre
  • déborder
  • rien
  • code
1922 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1206 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
5048 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1106 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
998 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1823 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1972 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1687 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1864 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3467 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1786 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2433 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1414 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
42242 Morohashi
2792 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6524 New Nelson (John Haig)
1402 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1504 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1686 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3144 2001 Kanji
8d5.4 The Kanji Dictionary
2-8-5 SKIP code
2-11-2 SKIP code
1030.7 Four corner code
46-77 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
96f6 Unicode hex code

4 strokes
Radical:
legs
Parts:
beginning, former time, origin
Kun:
もと
On:
ゲンガン
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
192 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 元 【ゲン】 unknown (e.g. in an equation), element (of a set), yuan (monetary unit of China), Yuan dynasty (China, 1271-1368), Yüan dynasty, Mongol dynasty
  • 原価 【ゲンカ】 cost price
  • 中元 【チュウゲン】 15th day of the 7th lunar month, (last day of) Bon lantern festival, mid-year gift, summer gift, Bon Festival gifts
  • 抗原 【コウゲン】 antigen
  • 元日 【ガンジツ】 New Year's Day
  • 元凶 【ゲンキョウ】 ringleader, main culprit, main cause, source

Kun reading compounds

  • 元 【もと】 origin, source, base, basis, foundation, root, cause, ingredient, material, (somebody's) side, (somebody's) location, original cost (or capital, principal, etc.), (plant) root, (tree) trunk, first section of a waka, counter for blades of grass, tree trunks, etc., and for falcons (in falconry), handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.), grip
  • 元 【もと】 former, ex-, past, one-time
  • 家元 【いえもと】 head of a school (of music, dance), head family of a school
  • 胸元 【むなもと】 breast, chest, pit of the stomach, solar plexus, epigastrium

Readings

Japanese names:
ちか、 はじめ、 はる、 ゆき、 よし
Chinese:
yuan2
Korean:
weon

Spanish

  • comienzo
  • principio
  • origen
  • jefe

Portuguese

  • começo
  • tempo anterior
  • origem

French

  • commencement
  • origine
  • ancien temps
68 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
117 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
106 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
328 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
275 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
106 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
121 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
60 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.10 Japanese for Busy People
137 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
137 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
245 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
141 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2428 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1226 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1690 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
59 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1340 Morohashi
1929 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
343 New Nelson (John Haig)
59 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
63 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
408 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
89 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3057 2001 Kanji
0a4.5 The Kanji Dictionary
2-1-3 SKIP code
1021.1 Four corner code
24-21 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5143 Unicode hex code