Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

On top, a full color applique of a wizard riding a unicorn on a rainbow in space

meaning: vegetable, rape
野菜 == yasai == vegetables
菜食主義 == saishokushugi == vegetarian

Top radical is 'plant', bottom is a non-General Use character meaning 'take/gather/pluck', and shows a hand reaching for a tree or shrub. Thus, this character originally meant 'gather/pluck plants'. It now means plants and vegetables in general, and especially the rape plant. (Also known as canola, and now well thought of because it produces a monounsaturated oil.) Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Hand plucks vegetables near tree.'

Stroke order from Josh's Chinese Lookup Thingy (animated)
Stroke order from Taka Kanji Database
Other info from Taka Kanji Database

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