Kanji 504-511. Fifteen-stroke Combinations

This is the last in a series of revision lessons that have introduced new kanji with progressively higher stroke counts, but without introducing new elements.

Here we will meet just 8 new kanji: , , , , , , ,

kanji for utensil


#504. In this kanji, four mouths () are arranged around the kanji for ‘large’ () but in this context the element works well as pictograph of a table.

Four hungry mouths are sitting around the table, banging their utensils, demanding to be fed.


#505. Insect, generation, tree.
A butterfly is an insect () where each new generation () is hatched in the top of trees.


#506. I approve of letting two husbands marry each other and sharing their money like any other couple, if that’s what they want to do.


#507. H2O and exchange ().
When a submarine starts to submerge, it has to exchange air for H2O in the ballast tanks.


#508. After you smashed your car with an axe (see ‘steadily’ ), you will be temporarily without a car.

quality | substance

#509. Hesig called this ‘substance’, but ‘quality’ may be a better overall match in meaning. (See jisho.org). You are trying to test out the quality of two axes ( 斤) before deciding which one you want. You test them by trying to split clams (). If you want to keep the Heisig word, imagine some smelly substance leaking out of the split shell.


#510. The casino doesn’t care who you are in real life, you are just someone () with money (), ready to gamble it away.


#511. Two heavy trucks trying to go down the same road.