The Radical: 米

rice    米

Explanation The rice plant has this radical:

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 2
count, number
kazu, kazoeru, SŪ, SU
Left: 娄 (rice , woman ), right: hit, strike (hand with a stick )
The rice grains are for the woman with a stick in her hand: for counting.

JLPT 3Joyo 2
number, guard, order, watch
Top: ripe rice-plant (combination of rice plant and rice ), bottom: rice field
The ripe rice plants on the field are numbered and need to be guarded.

JLPT 3Joyo 2
rice, America
kome, BEI, MAI

Originally an image of the spike of grain, but later mixed with the rice plant to the present shape of: rice.

JLPT 5Joyo 2
to come
kuru, RAI
Top: one , bottom: rice (with a long vertical stroke)
Because of one grain of rice I shall come?

JLPT 3Joyo 3
ha, SHI
Top: to stop (a foot with a lower line to stop at), below: rice , container
Stop at the rice container: There is sth. for the teeth! (Or: image of nose , mouth and teeth )

JLPT 3Joyo 4
flour, powder
kona, ko, FUN
Left: Rice , right: divide (with eight swords )
Rice is divided and becomes: flour.

JLPT 4Joyo 4
fee, material, charge, cooking
Left: rice , right: measure of volume (1 TO = 18 L; stylized ladle with sth. on it)
Rice in the volume of a 'To' is cooked for a fee.

JLPT 3Joyo 4
sort, kind, class, variety
Left: rice and big , right: head/forehead
Rice as big as a head: But what kind of a sort?

JLPT 2Joyo 5
spirit, refine, soul, energy
Left: rice , right: blue (Growing plants appear in the moonshine as blue and young.)
Rice that has been grown under the moon is full of spirit.

JLPT 2Joyo 5
refuse, judge, disconnect, decline, decision
kotowaru, tatsu, DAN
From left: corner ∟, rice , axe
To make corner-cut rice with an axe? - Refused!

JLPT 2Joyo 5
perplexed, astray, hesitate, to err, lost
mayou, MEI
Left: movement , right: rice (Here: From a central point it radiates into eight directions.)
Who moves in eight directions is astrayed and perplex.

JLPT 1Joyo 6

Left: rice , right: Tang dynasty (building 广, hand ナ/ヨ holding a pestle , mortar /)
The rice is processed in the building by hand with pestle and mortar into: Sugar.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
inner part, core, wife
oku, Ō
From top: var. of building/roof , rice , big
In the building there is rice in big volumes, namely in its inner part (where the wife is).

JLPT 1Joyo 7
From top: plant , wrap , rice
The plant that is first wrapped and then blossoms like the kanji for rice is: the chrysanthemum.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
patch (at cloth), inherit, follow
tsugu, mama-, KEI
From left: thread , corner ∟, rice
With the thread onto the corner-like tear ∟ [at the clothes] a patch is added as a layer to follow.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
solemn, quietly, self-restraint, correct, sternly
Top: hand ナ/ヨ with pestle , bottem: rice in the mortar
When the hand with the pestle works on the rice in the mortar it is a solemn moment.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
make up, cosmetics, adorn
Left: rice , right: [cottage] 庄 (building 广 and earth/ground )
If the rice is in the building all over the floor, it has a nice make-up.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
(jurisdictional) trial, hearing, consider, investigate
Top: roof/house , below: watch, guard (The ripe rice-plants [= combination of rice plant and rice ] on the field are numbered and are guarded.)
The house is guarded during the trial.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
chic, tasteful, stylish, essence, smart, sophisticated
iki, SUI
Left: rice/USA , right: nine , ten
Rice/USA is in nine out of ten cases: chic.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
coarse, fault, rough, defect, rugged
arai, SO
Left: rice , right: besides, moreover (A pile of stones [= a stone cairn] where moreover stones are added.)
The rice, moreover, is too coarse.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
sticky, adhesive, viscosity, glutinous
nebaru, NEN
Left: rice , right: divine (crack of a turtle shell used for divination)
Rice is good for divination, if it is sticky.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
feudal domain, fief, clan
Top: plant , bottom: water , number, watch, guard (The ripe rice plants (= rice plant + rice grain ) on the field is numbered and needs to be guarded.)
Plants are watered and guarded in the fief (= domain of the clain).

JLPT 1Joyo 7
flutter, flap, change, turn over
hirugaeru/su, HON
Left: guard, watch (The ripe rice plants [=+] on the field is numbered and needs to be guarded.), right: wings
(At a glider plane) Watch the wings, if they flutter.

JLPT 2Joyo 7
grain, particle, drop, counter for tiny objects
tsubu, RYŪ
Left: rice , right: to stand
Where the rice stands, there are also grains.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
provision, food
kate, RYŌ, RŌ
Left: rice , right: measure/weight (At sunrise [= sun above horizon ] the village is measured.)
Rice until the sunrise for the whole village: That's our provision.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
neighbor, the next door
tonari, RIN
Left: hill , right: rice , (two var. of foot /, as used at: to dance )
At the hill they have their rice but different feet: The neighbors.

JLPT 1Joyo 7
watchtower, turret, belvedere, high building

Left: tree , right: 娄 (rice , woman )
Wood and rice for the women (is stored) in the tower.

JLPT -Joyo 7
riddle, puzzle, enigma
Left: word , right: astray, illusion (Who moves [from a center] into eight directions is astrayed and perplex.)
The words are astraying in a riddle.


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