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Stroke Count
9 Strokes
襾 + 3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. need, main point, essence, pivot, key to
Kun'yomi: い.る、かなめ。(Jouyou Reading)
On'yomi: ヨウ。(Go-on, Kan-on Readings)

Japanese Meaning for 要

Dictionary Entries for 要

  1. pivot
  2. vital point; cornerstone; keystone
  3. Japanese photinia

  1. cornerstone; main point; keystone
  2. requirement; need
noun or verb acting prenominally
  1. necessary; required

Stroke Order Diagrams for 要

Construction of Character for 要

Radicals and parts present in 要
» Part woman, female
» Part west, Spain
Origin and construction of 要

Kanji related to 要

  • 姿

  • 婿

  • 西

Meanings in Other Languages for 要

  1. besoin, point principal, pivot, essentiel, point clef
  1. necessidade, ponto principal, essência, pivô, chave para
  1. necesidad, punto central, esencia, necesitar

Comments for 要

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Interesting point.  My understanding is that ⻃ is a variant of 西, so I don't think it is a problem listing them either way.

It's also interesting that the Japanese wiktionary entry lists the main radical for this character as 襾, which is also another variant of 西, but appears visually different to what you see in the character.

#2 Posted by flint over 4 years ago

Main upper radical seems to be ⻃, not 西. ⻃ is "cover, west" (にし), according to

#1 Posted by Katerine459 over 4 years ago

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