The Radical: 公


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public    公

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 2
public, official
ōyake,
Top: eight , bottom: nose (in side view)
Eight noses stand for the public.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
altogether, whole, total, general
subete,
Left: thread , right: public (Eight noses form the public.), heart
A thread wound around the public's hearts ties them altogether.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
old man
okina, Ō
Top: public (Eight noses form the public.), below: wings
Publicly wearing wings is sth. only for old men.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
pine tree
matsu, SHŌ
Left: tree , right: public (Eight noses form the public.)
A tree for the public is the pine tree.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
court of justice, sue, accuse
SHŌ
Left: word , right: public (Eight noses form the public.)
The words are public at the court.

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