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Kanji Information Sheet for 色  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

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Bushu (Radical) Info: 色 (いろ) – color
Henshall Mnemonic: colorful tale about bodies bent in sex act
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #621 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [いろ]
    (n) (1) colour; (2) sensuality; lust   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 々   [いろいろ]
    (adj-na,adj-no,adv,n) various   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゃいろ]
    (n) light brown; tawny   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きいろ]
    (adj-na,n) yellow   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [きいろい]
    (adj) yellow   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N4 Words

  •   [けしき]
    (n) scenery; scene; landscape   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N2 Words

  •   [とくしょく]
    (n) characteristic; feature   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はいいろ]
    (n) grey; gray; ashen   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N1 Words

  •   [しきさい]
    (n) colour; hue; tints   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ねいろ]
    (n) tone color; tone quality; timbre; synthesizer patch   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きゃくしょく]
    (n) dramatization (e.g. film)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゃくしょく]
    (n) colouring; coloring   [K] [D] [Jisho]

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [こくしょく]
    (n) black colour   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いしょく]
    (adj-na,n) unique; different color; novelty   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はくしょく]
    (n) white   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むしょく]
    (n) colourless; achromatic   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • んな   [いろんな]
    (adj-pn) various   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [いろけ]
    (n) interest in the opposite sex; sex appeal; glamor; a shade of colour; colouring; sexual passion; romance; poetry; desire; seductiveness; charm; sensuality   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • い   [いろあい]
    (n) hue; tinge; tint   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [かおいろ]
    (n) complexion; countenance; expression   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎんいろ]
    (n) silver color   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [むらさきいろ]
    (n) violet   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みずいろ]
    (n) light blue   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきし]
    (n) square drawing paper   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [げんしょく]
    (n) primary colour   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [さいしき]
    (n) colouring; colouration; painting   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [しきそ]
    (n) pigment; coloring   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はたいろ]
    (n) situation   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • 調   [しきちょう]
    (n) color tone   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ちゃかっしょく]
    (n) yellowish-brown   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [こわいろ]
    (n) (1) tone of voice; (2) mimicry; imitative voice   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [みどりいろ]
    (adj-na,n) green   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [だいだいいろ]
    (n) orange(-colored)   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [せきしょく]
    (adj-na,n) red   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [はだいろ]
    (n) flesh-coloured; skin-coloured   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • オリーブ   [オリーブいろ]
    (n) olive colour; olive brown   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [たまむしいろ]
    (adj-no,n) iridescent; equivocal   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.