The Radical: 折


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Meaning
fold, break    折

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 4
break, fracture, opportunity, (to bend)
ori, oru, SETSU
Left: hand , right: axe
A hand with an axe has the opportunity to break or fracture.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
die, death, deceased, departed
yuku, SEI
Left: movement , right: to break (A hand with an axe can make things break.)
If the movement breaks, you die.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
oath, pledge, swear, vow
chikau, SEI
Top: to break (A hand with an axe can make things break.), bottom: word
(The ritual of an ancient warrior tribe?) Put your hand on the axe and speak the words: This is my oath.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
wisdom, philosophy
TETSU
Top: to break (A hand with an axe can make things break.), below: mouth
Even broken, his mouth utters wisdom.

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