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辛 means 'spicy'

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Strokes : 7    Radical number: 160    Frequency: 1235   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-16    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 50    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 44 words   Used in 93 words   Used in 57 names   Component in 54 kanji (7 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   から spicy
Kun    つら painful, bitter   かのと   -づら
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 辛 - click the badge to download
This essay will make your mouth and eyes water! You'll encounter words for "spicy," "salty," and "mustard," plus a regional dish with shiso leaves rolled around chili peppers. You'll learn to order dry saké or vodka diluted with tomato juice. This essay even shows how to make kanji sandwiches with the 辛 radical. Good times! Oh, and it explores bitterness about life's hardships!
Essay 1432 on 辛 (spicy; bitter; "bitter" radical) tells you all about this radical, which helps you resign (: 500) from a job that's going nowhere, as if you've hit a wall (: 1780). By the way, 辛 is the radical in but just a component in .
⿱   stand   ten  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 辛 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 辛 is used 82 times, read 5 ways (with 1 variation).
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
シン : 24 words FIND ALL
patience; endurance
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かのと : 3 words FIND ALL
8th in rank; eighth sign of the Chinese calendar
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から : 32 words FIND ALL
1. spicy; hot
2. salty
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から (read as がら) : 11 words FIND ALL
1. capsicum (Capsicum annuum, esp. the cultivated chili peppers); chili pepper (chile, chilli); cayenne; red pepper  (see also: ピーマン)
2. shichimi pepper  (see also: 七味唐辛子; abbreviation)
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading and 4 forms, examples and links)
つら : 7 words FIND ALL
0 2
1. painful; bitter; heart-breaking; difficult (emotionally)  (often written with kana only)
2. tough; difficult; hard (usu. of situations)  (see also: 辛い; often written with kana only)
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-づら (read as づら) : 5 words FIND ALL
1. hard to see
2. painful to look at
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Henshall: 1432  Joy o' Kanji : 1432  Key to Kanji:

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シン   から spicy   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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