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To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • 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)
  • Keep adding components until you can see your kanji in the list of matches that appears near the top.
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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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  • Don't worry about stroke order or number of strokes
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麻 means 'flax' or 'flux'

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Strokes : 11    Radical number: 200    Frequency: 881   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-7    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 67 words   Used in 176 words   Used in 2195 names   Component in 23 kanji (5 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   あさ flax, hemp
On    マア
Name    あ   あざ   お
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 麻 - click the badge to download
This essay will be totally rad, man. That is, it's about 麻, which means "hemp" and can serve as the "hemp" radical. The essay presents Japanese terms for "marijuana" and other opiates, as well as "drug addiction," "torpor," "anesthetic," and "paralysis." Oh, and there's also talk of sesame seeds and brown-nosing.
See essay 1829 on 麻 (hemp; "hemp" radical) to learn about this shape. Although it doesn't serve as a radical in any Jōyō kanji besides 麻 itself, it's a component in a few Jōyō characters, enabling us to polish (: 1831) things gently or chafe (: 1830) them roughly.
⿸  广 stony cliff   wood; trees  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 麻 is used 5 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 麻 is used 155 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
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.
マ : 129 words FIND ALL
anaesthesia; anesthesia
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マア : 3 words FIND ALL
0 1
mahjong; mah-jongg  (originally from Chinese)
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あさ : 20 words FIND ALL
1. cannabis (Cannabis sativa); hemp (plant)
2. hemp (fiber); linen; flax; jute
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あ: 1 word. FIND ALL
Aso Faction (of the LDP)
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お: 2 words. FIND ALL
old man's beard (any lichen of genus Usnea)  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 1829  Joy o' Kanji : 1829  Key to Kanji:

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マ   flax; flux   あさ flax, hemp   
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リン   wood; trees   はやし wood   
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モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
stony cliff
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