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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
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  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
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女 means 'woman' or 'female'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 38    Frequency: 29   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-2    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 2    Beginner lesson: 6   Begins 276 words   Used in 567 words   Used in 1221 names   Component in 388 kanji (48 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ
   おんな woman    woman
Name    おな   た   つき   な
Does the 女 radical contribute an inherently negative meaning to characters? Find out by looking at kanji such as (859: liking) and (1278: to marry) on the one hand and examples such as (1218: dislike, detest) on the other.
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 女 is used 35 times, read 5 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 女 is used 506 times, read 5 ways (with 3 variations).
ジョ : 284 words FIND ALL
1. she; her
(click the word to view an additional 1 meaning, examples and links)
ニョウ : 16 words FIND ALL
1. wife (esp. one's own wife)
2. court lady; female court attache; woman who served at the imperial palace  (this meaning is restricted to reading にょうぼう, にゅうぼう)
(click the word to view an additional 2 readings and 1 meaning, examples and links)
ニョ : 16 words FIND ALL
0 1
(click the word for examples and links)
おんな : 139 words FIND ALL
expression, noun
1. girl; daughter
2. young woman
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading and 5 forms, examples and links)
め : 46 words FIND ALL
goddess; female deity  (see also: 男神)
(click the word to view an additional 2 readings and 3 forms, examples and links)
おな: 1 word. FIND ALL
Simon bamboo (Pleioblastus simonii)  (see also: 女竹; often written with kana only; obscure term)
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
た: 1 word. FIND ALL
1 0
1. prostitute; whore  (often written with kana only; derogatory)
2. tramp; floozy; slut
(click the word for examples and links)
な: 3 words. FIND ALL
young lancefish; young sand lance  (see also: 玉筋魚)
(click the word to view an additional 1 form, examples and links)
Henshall: 41 (originally: 35)  Joy o' Kanji : 35  Key to Kanji: 520 

Cascading kanji view

ジョ   ニョ   ニョウ   woman; female   おんな woman   め woman   
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