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

Japanese Meaning for 要

Dictionary Entries for 要

kaname
noun
  1. pivot
  2. vital point; cornerstone; keystone
  3. Japanese photinia
you
noun
  1. cornerstone; main point; keystone
  2. requirement; need
  3. necessary; required

Stroke Order Diagrams for 要

Construction of Character for 要

Radicals and parts present in 要
Part woman, female Kanji Details »
Part 西 west, Spain Kanji Details »
Origin and construction of 要
  1. 会意。「」は両手で締め付ける様、「」は女性の腰を締め付ける意を添える。「」の原字。人体の腰から、「かなめ」の意を生じ、不可欠なものの意となった。

Kanji related to 要

  • 姿

  • 婿

  • 西

Meanings in Other Languages for 要

French
  1. besoin, point principal, pivot, essentiel, point clef
Portuguese
  1. necessidade, ponto principal, essência, pivô, chave para
Spanish
  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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kanji_radicals_by_stroke_count

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.

https://ja.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E8%A6%81

#2 Posted by flint about 1 month ago

Main upper radical seems to be ⻃, not 西. ⻃ is "cover, west" (にし), according to https://kanjialive.com/214-traditional-kanji-radicals/

#1 Posted by Katerine459 about 1 month ago


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