The Radical: 臼

mortar    臼

Explanation Like two hands E, 彐 that are pushing from both sides.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 1Joyo 5
interest, entertain, raise, retrieve
okosu, KYŌ, KŌ
Left and right: pressing hands , ヨ like a mortar , center: same [= All containers have only one opening and that is the same.], below: table Here: seen as two turned hands grasping upwards 屮 from below. Thus four hands are shown.
All four hands have the same interest.
JLPT 1Joyo 6

Left: rice , right: Tang dynasty (building 广, hand ナ/ヨ holding a pestle , mortar /)
The rice is processed in the building by hand with pestle and mortar into: Sugar.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
lagoon, beach, inlet
kata, SEKI
Left: water , right: mortar , which looks like the inlet to a bay, wrap and four legs (cf. bird , horse
Behind the water is the bay, wherein protected (= wrapped) four legs (= animals) are: in the lagoon.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
solemn, quietly, self-restraint, correct, sternly
Top: hand ナ/ヨ with pestle , bottem: rice in the mortar
When the hand with the pestle works on the rice in the mortar it is a solemn moment.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
Outside: building 广, below: hand ナ/ヨ, pestle , mortar
Buildings in which a hand uses a mortar in the Tang Dynasty. (It was 618-907 AD and a heyday. - Maybe that's why people peacefully prepared food in the mortar?)
JLPT -Joyo 7
destroy, break, damage, scratched
Left: mortar (cf. pressing hands/press [cf: , ), earth , right: weapon 几 (battle axe) in hand .
Within a mortar made of earth or with a battle axe in your hand you can: destroy.
JLPT -Joyo 7
usu, KYŪ
An image that expresses "to press", with hands from left 'E' and right 'ヨ' - (cf. , etc.)
It works like a double press: the mortar.

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