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元, 本, 素, 基

もと

JLPT 3
noun (common) (futsuumeishi)
  • origin
  • source
  • base
  • basis
  • foundation
  • root
  • cause
  • ingredient
  • material
  • (somebody's) side
  • (somebody's) location
  • original cost (or capital, principal, etc.)
  • (plant) root
  • (tree) trunk
  • first section of a waka
counter
  • counter for blades of grass, tree trunks, etc., and for falcons (in falconry)
noun (common) (futsuumeishi)
  • handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.)
  • grip

Related Kanji

beginning, former time, origin
book, present, main, origin, true, real, counter for long cylindrical things
elementary, principle, naked, uncovered
fundamentals, radical (chem), counter for machines, foundation
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