The Radical: 圭


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piled earth    圭

Explanation twice earth about each other

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 2Joyo 5
energy, force, power
ikioi, SEI
Top left: earth , eight , earth/soil ; right: round (sth. nine--sided needs an extra accent to become round.), below: force, strength
Eight layers of soil piled up all around with effort need a lot of energy.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
district, area, road
machi, GAI, KAI
Outside: to go , center: piled soil (= 2x earth )
I am walking on elevated earth: The road in my district.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
excellent, beautiful, good, nice
KA
Left: person , right: heaped earth (2 x earth as piled earth path cf. street )
The person strutting on the mounds of earth (= a street) is of excellent beauty.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
limits, boundary, shore, horizon
hate, GAI
From left: water , right: precipice 厓 (cliff of piled/cumulated earth [= 2x earth ])
Water, a cliff, or piles of earth can (each) be a limit.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
cost, hang, hook, be connected
kakari, kakaru/keru,
From left: hand , (2x earth ), divine (crack in a turtle shell used for divination)
A hand with an earth mound can divine where it will hang and how much it will cost.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
seal, close off
FŪ, HŌ
Left: piled/cumulated earth (=2x earth ), right: skillful hand
(cf. street [= I go over piled earth ] - Thus at road construction:) Earth is piled up by skillful hands and sealed.
JLPT -Joyo 7
cliff, steep precipice
gake, GAI
Top: mountain , bottom: precipice 厓 (cliff of heaps of soil /)
A mountain of piled earth like a cliff, is a cliff/precipice.

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