1. seed (e.g. of a plant); pip; kind; variety; quality; tone
  • 蒔かぬ
  • たね
  • 生えない
  • You must sow before you can reap.
2. material (e.g. for an article); matter (e.g. of a story); subject; theme; (news) copy
3. ingredient; leaven (bread); main ingredient of a sushiFood term
4. cause; source
  • そんな
  • こと
  • すれば
  • 笑いもの
  • たね
  • なる
  • If you do that, you're going to subject yourself to ridicule.
5. trick; secret; magician's trick; inside story
6. paternal blood; lineageSee also
7. breed (of a stock); sperm; semen
8. 10-point card (in hanafuda); tane; animal cardUsually written using kana alone, oft. as タネ


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