The Radical: 耳

ear    耳

Explanation Shows the picture of an ear.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 1
mimi, JI

Pictogram of a pinna.
JLPT 5Joyo 2
hear, listen, ask
kiku, BUN, MON
A gate with a ear
The ear (directly) at the gate for (better) hearing.
JLPT 3Joyo 3
hold, take, control, grip
toru, SHU
Left: ear , right: hand
Take his ear with your hand to hold him.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
job, employment, work
Left: ear , center: sound (Stand up in the day with music [of the clock radio?]), right: halberd
The ear hears the sound of the halberds and knows there is a job to do.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
sacred, saint, holy
hijiri, SEI
Top: ear , mouth ; bottom: king
Ear and mouth of the king are sacred.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
dare, venture
aete, aenai, KAN
Left: one , ear ; right: hit, strike (A hand with a stick )
His one ear was hit: how daring!
JLPT 1Joyo 7
take as proxy, vicarious, surrogate, take in (medicine)
Left: hand , right: ear , four marks
Both hands and ears are substituted by four marks in form of a proxy.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
shame, ashamed, disgrace, shy
haji, hazukashii/jiru, CHI
Left: ear , right: heart
(In this state your ear turn red because the blood is pumped by the heart into the ears:) Into the ears it is pushed from the heart, when you are ashamed.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
listen carefully, hear
kiku, CHŌ
Left: ear , right: var. of virtue (ten , eye , heart ; not there: "go" )
Your ear shall (do it with virtue) thus as if with 10 eyes and the heart: To listen carefully.
JLPT -Joyo 7
bait, lure, animal feed
esa, e, JI
Left: food (cover on good food), right: ear
(An pig's ear as bait at the fishing hook?) For getting food you can use an ear as a bait.

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