The Radical: 九

nine    九


Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 1
kokono, KYŪ, KU
The number ten with a hook , that is subtracted.
Ten minus one is: nine.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
investigate, research
kiwameru, KYŪ
Top: hole, cavity (It is covered and a narrowing path leads into the cave.), bottom: nine
(playing golf) Hole number 'nine' need to be investigated.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
Left: nine , tree , right: bird
Nine trees with birds: what a miscellany!
JLPT 3Joyo 2
round, circle, ball
maru, marui, GAN
Nine , additional stroke
A nine-sided shape needs an additional stroke to become round.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
dye, color, stain, paint, soak
somaru/meru, shimiru, SEN
Top: water , nine , bottom: tree
You need water (= liquid) in 9 (colors, namely the 7 colors of the rainbow + black/white), obtained from trees, to dye with it.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
track, rut, course
Left: vehicle (A hand-cart seen from above with axle , loading area and two wheels ), right: nine [here: two rails connected with a tie/sleeper ]
For the vehicle are the rails as its track or path.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
break, smash, crush
kudaku/keru, SAI
Left: stone (Below the cliff are stones ), right: nine , ten
A stone makes it in nine out of ten cases: to break.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
tenacious, grasp, transact, obsession, persistence
Left: happiness (Between two earths / is the happiness), right: round (Sth. nine--sided needs an extra stroke to become round.)
(It slips out of our hands too easily:) As happiness is round, you have to grasp it tenaciously.
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
drunk, tipsy, dizzy
you, SUI
Left: wine mug , right: nine out of ten
Alcohol with 90% makes you drunk.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
frame, limit
Left: tree , right: nine , ten
From one tree you can make nine or ten frames.
JLPT -Joyo 7
buttocks, butt, hips
Left: Buttocks in side view , below: nine (Here: as pelvic bone - with hip sockets or leg base)
The butt with the pelvis stands for: buttocks.

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