The Radical: 食

to eat    食

Explanation shows a cover and good (It might be helpful to see the lower two strokes as chopsticks.)

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 5Joyo 2
eat, food
taberu, kuu, SHOKU
Top: a cover 𠆢, bottom: good
A cover is put on the good food.
JLPT 5Joyo 3
drink, swallow
nomu, IN
Left: food/eat (cover on good food), right: lack (The mouth wide open of the yawning person is lacking [i.e. manners])
If food is lacking, you should drink (instead).
JLPT 4Joyo 3
large building, palace, mansion
Left: eating (cover on good food), right: government (= Under a roof with straightly connected rooms )
The food from the government is served in a large building.
JLPT 4Joyo 4
a meal, boiled rice
meshi, HAN
Left: food (cover on good food), right: against, opposition (Climbing the cliff by hand ? I am opposing!)
Food? I'm opposing unless it's boiled rice.
JLPT 3Joyo 4
foster, bring up, support, to rear
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 7
starve, being hungry
ueru, GA
Left: food (cover on good food), right: I/myself (with my hand at the halbered : That's me!)
Food for myself, I am starving.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
starve, hunger
ueru, KI
Left: food (cover on good food), right: var. of table (cf. ,)
It's related to food, but the table is empty: I am starving.
JLPT 1Joyo 5
domesticate, breeding, rear animals, raise
kau, SHI
Left: food (cover on good food), right: govern, civil servant (... where sb. is sitting in a corner⌝ throwing a sheet of paper in the wastebasket )
You need food and "management" for animal breeding.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
decorate, ornament, beautify, embellish
kazaru, SHOKU
Left: vari. of food (cover on good food), right: horizontal person , cloth
(A nice table decoration:) For the food the person uses cloth as decoration.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
sated, having eaten enought, satiate, tired of, bored
Left: food (cover on good food), right: to wrap (The wrap itself makes it to be wrapped.)
If the food is 'enwrapped' (= in my stomach), I am full/sated.
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.
JLPT -Joyo 7
mochi, rice cake
mochi, HEI
Left: food (cover on good food), right: [out of [here: two pestles] - [here: as a box like donburi ])
(This sticky rice porridge is beaten soft for hours.) The food that is pounded with pestles in a box is: mochi.

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