The Radical: 采


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Meaning
pluck, pick up    采

Explanation

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 4Joyo 4
vegetable, greens
na, SAI
Top: plant , below: to pluck/harvest (A hand reaches down into a tree )
Plants that are plucked are vegetables.
JLPT 2Joyo 5
to pick sth., to pluck, take on, gather
toru, SAI
Left: hand , right: to take, pluck (a hand reaches down into a tree [cf. vegetable ])
A hand reaches downwards into a tree for plucking sth.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
coloring, makeup, painting
irodoru, SAI
Left: to pluck (.. a hand reaches down into a tree ), right: hair
I pluck something (like the staining plant 'henna') for my hair to be colored.
JLPT -Joyo 7
pluck, get, take
SAI
Top: hand reaching down , bottom: tree
Pictograph of a hand reaching down into a tree to pluck (or get) sth.

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