The Radical: 犬

dog    犬

Explanation A big person with outspread arms holds a small dog .

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 1
inu, KEN
Left: big (man with outstretched arms), right: a small dog
The big man is holding his dog.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
affirmative, thus, so, but
shikashi, ZEN, NEN
Top: (chinese only) dog meat 肰 (body / and dog ), bottom: fire
The body of the dog (roasted) over the fire: That was affirmatively so, but....
JLPT 2Joyo 5
condition, situation, circumstances, letter

Left: bed (cf. 爿 developed from the image of a halved tree), right: dog
A bed for my dog: that's my condition.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
moeru, NEN
Left: fire , right: affirmative/natural/but (body /, dog , fire )
A fire has the nature to burn. - Or: A fire on which the body of a dog is fried, is really burning.)
JLPT 1Joyo 6
be involved in, conserning, get a position
tsuku, SHŪ, JU
Left: capital (image of a stone lantern), right: 尤 (var. of dog )
In the capital, dogs get into such positions.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
dedicate, present, contribution, offering
Left: south (On the camping ground: It costs Yen ¥ to have the entrance [of the tent] towards the south.), right: dog
The southern dog is a present.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
From left: wild animal (dog on hind legs), word , dog
(The wild animal stands for the criminal and the tame dog is the good citizen:) A wild animal is tamed with words into a dog, when being in prison.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
beast, brute
Left: var. of merely, single (It shines the sun in a group of ten [= with 9 planets] as the mere single), mouth , right: dog
As it is unique, the mouth of the dog shows the beast.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
subdue, crouch, prostrated, bend down, bow
fusu/seru, FUKU
Left: person , right: dog (The big man is holding his dog )
A person is like a dog, when he subdues.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
be silent, stop speaking
damaru, MOKU
Left and bottom: black (The underside of the pot on the fire is black.), right: dog
(Because it barked too loud:) The village's dog was put into the fire to make it silent.
JLPT -Joyo 7
smell, sniff
kagu, KYŪ
Left: mouth , right: variation of smell, stink (because without "dog" )
The mouth itself of the dog can sniff a smell. (Or: The mouth itself of a dog has a smell.)
JLPT -Joyo 7
practice, consider, think
Left: rice plant , right: var. of dog , tasty, sweet, purpose (He is sitting in the sun and enjoys the tasty)
In the rice plants is the dog for the purpose of practice.
JLPT -Joyo 7
kick, refuse (a request)
keru, SHŪ
Left: foot (kneecap and a footprint ), right: be involved/get a position (capital [image of a stone lantern], var. of dog )
Use your foot in the capital against dogs to kick them away.

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