The Radical: 羊


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sheep    羊

Explanation Picture of the face of a sheep with two horns.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 2
before, front portion
mae, ZEN
Top: a part 䒑 of the head/horns of a sheep , bottom: flesh /, knife, cut
The horns and the flesh are cut (beginning) at the front position.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
work, act, karma
waza, GYŌ, GŌ
Top: hollow (image of a vulcano with hollow top; here: board with a load), bottom: sheep with two extra legs
The loaded board on the sheep with the outwardly bent legs shows: It is at work.
JLPT 4Joyo 3
reach, arrive, wear
tsuku, kiru, CHAKU
Top: variation of sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is the: sheep), one leg and below: eye
The one-legged sheep is watching when you arrive and what you wear.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
beauty, fine
utsukushii, BI
Top: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is the: sheep), below: big
A sheep of this big size is beautiful!
JLPT 4Joyo 3
ocean, western

Left: water , right: sheep (here: white rippled wave with a white crest like wool of a sheep)
The water ripples like sheep's (wool) in the ocean. [over which the Western came]
JLPT 3Joyo 3
alike, such, polite suffix (Gentleman), condition
sama, zama,
Left: Tree , right: sheep and water
If you have trees, sheep and water you are a gentleman (or alike).
JLPT 3Joyo 4
discussion, consultation, consideration, deliberation
GI
Left: word , right: morality, justice (If the sheep is killed by me - is this justice?) [I, me = with my hand at the halberd ]
Words of morality are part of a discussion.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
difference, distinction, discrepancy
sasu, SA
Top: sheep with a bent leg , below: craftsman, construction
A sheep with a bent leg and a craftsman: what a difference!
JLPT 3Joyo 4
accomplish, gain, attain, plural suffix
-tachi, TATSU
Left: movement , right: variation of luck (earth (=grazing lands ) and sheep )
For (new grazing) lands the sheep need to move, for: accomplishment. (Or: With a kind of luck and movements [=activity] you can accomplish.)
JLPT 3Joyo 4
foster, bring up, support, to rear
yashinau,
Top: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is the: sheep), below: food (cover on good food)
A sheep needs food when being fostered.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
justice, morality, righteousness
GI
Top: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is the: sheep), bottom: I, self (with my hand at the halberd )
If the sheep is killed by a hand with a halberd, is that justice?
JLPT 2Joyo 5
flock, group, crowd, cluster
mura, mure, GUN
Left: you, lord, master (The one with the stick in the hand ナ/ヨ striking on a mouth , is the master/lord.), right: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is a sheep.)
If you (= the master) have sheep, then (hopefully) a flock.
JLPT 2Joyo 6
goodness, virtuous, goodwill
yoi, ZEN
From top: sheep , to stand , mouth
The sheep standing there with a gaping mouth has goodness and is virtuous.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
sheep
hitsuji,

The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding (by thick wool ) is the: sheep.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
ceremony, case, affair
GI
Left: person , right: morality, justice (Ìf the sheep is killed by a hand with a halberd , is that justice?) [I, me = with my hand at the halberd ]
A person with morality respects the ceremonies.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
sacrifice, scapegoat
GI
Left: cow , right: morality, justice (If the sheep is killed by a hand with a halberd , is that justice?)
Cows and sheep turn by me (= the hand at a halberd ) into: sacrifices.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
tenacious, grasp, transact, obsession, persistence
toru, SHITSU, SHŪ
Left: happiness (Between two earths / is the happiness), right: round (Sth. nine--sided needs an extra stroke to become round.)
(It slips out of our hands too easily:) As happiness is round, you have to grasp it tenaciously.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
good omen, lucky sign, good fortune, auspicious
SHŌ
Left: to show, altar /, right: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding (by thick wool ) is the: sheep)
An altar with a (sacrificed) sheep is a good omen. - (However: To sacrifice only woods on the altar is forbidden )
JLPT 1Joyo 7
detailed, accurate, minute
kuwashii, SHŌ
Left: word (sound waves out of mouth ), right: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding (by thick wool ) is the: sheep)
Words as protrudingly as the thick wool of a sheep are detailed.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
fresh, new, clear, vivid
azayaka, SEN
Left: fish , right: sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is the: sheep)
(Both) fish and sheep must be fresh.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
darning, repair, fix, patch
tsukurou, ZEN
Left: thread , right: goodness (A sheep , that stands and opens the mouth has goodness and is virtuous.)
A thread has the 'goodness' for darning/repairing.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
slow, late, tardy, later
okureru, osoi, CHI
Left: movement , right: buttock from the side , sheep (The horned animal with a backbone and laterally protruding due to thick wool is a sheep)
You move like the buttock of a sheep: too late and so slow.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
kiln, oven, furnace
kama,
From top: hole, cavity (here: the oven itself), sheep , fire
In this hole sheep are roasted on fire: in the oven.
JLPT -Joyo 7
feel ashamed, be ashamed
SHŪ
Left: var. of sheep with bent leg , right: cow, ox (zodiac) 丑 (var. of five )
For the sheep with five warped/bent legs you feel ashamed.
JLPT -Joyo 7
envy, be jealous, covet
urayamu, urayamashii, SEN
Top: var. of sheep , below: water , to lack (to lack = The mouth wide open of the yawning person is lacking good manners) [next = Ice is lacking , what comes next?]
If the sheep are lacking water, you are not envied.
JLPT -Joyo 7
tray, served dishes
ZEN
Left: body/body part /, right: goodness, virtuous (A sheep , that stands and opens the mouth , has goodness andi is virtuous.)
The body feels good in front of a tray with dishes.

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