The Radical: 先


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Meaning
precede, previous    先

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 1
precede, previous
saki, SEN
Top: variant of cow , bottom: legs
A cow with only two legs walks preceding.
JLPT 4Joyo 6
to wash, laundry
arau, SEN
Left: water , right: precede, previous (The cow uses the front legs to preceed.)
(In Japan you have to shower BEFORE you go into the ofuro [= hot bath], thus:) The water should be used 'before' for: washing.
JLPT 1Joyo 8
raw iron, pig iron
zuku, SEN
Left: metal , right: precede/previous (A cow with two legs precedes)
This metal was previously pig iron.

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