The Radical: 干

dry    干

Explanation The radical hoshi stands for dry and lookls like a drying rail/stand.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 3
coast, shore
kishi, GAN
From top: mountain , a cliff and dry (Image of drying stand)
Mountains and cliffs define the dry coast.

JLPT 3Joyo 3
flat, plain, common
hiratai, taira, HEI, BYŌ
Image of a balance
A scale is commonly placed on a flat level (so that both sides are on the same height).

JLPT 2Joyo 5
publish, issue, engrave
Left: dry (drying rack/stand), right: knife. (Here: understand the knife as two printing plates)
Dry printing plates are used for publishing.

JLPT 1Joyo 5
tree trunk, main (part)
miki, KAN
Left: sunrise (The sun rises between plants .), right: person and: dry (image of drying stand/rack)
At rising sun a person is drying the trunk of a tree.

JLPT 2Joyo 6
eaves, projection at end of roof, universe
noki, U
Top: roof , below: dry (image of a drying rack)
The "roof" that is keeping dry, are the eaves.

JLPT 2Joyo 6
dry, drain
hosu, hiru, KAN

Image of a drying rack/stand.

JLPT 2Joyo 6
worship, pray, respectful
ogamu, HAI
Left: hand , right: plants with many leaves (i.e. palm leaf)
(at Palm Sunday:) In their hands they bring palm leaves to the worship.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
Top: plant , bottom: dry (image of a drying rack)
A plant that grows (in contrast to rice) on the dry is the potato.

JLPT 2Joyo 7
ase, asebamu, KAN
Left: water , right: dry
Water dries like sweat.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
liver, courage
kimo, KAN
Left: body part /, right: dry (laundry rack)
(no fluid flows out) A body part that is relatively dry, is the liver.

JLPT 2Joyo 7
eaves, counter for houses
noki, KEN
Left: vehicle (A hand-cart seen from above with axle , loading area and two wheels ), right: dry (image of a drying rack)
The vehicle stays dry under the eaves.


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