Kanji: 磨 polish

JLPT N2 | 16 Strokes

みが.く、 す.る

Meaning: grind; polish; brush (teeth)

Kanji Parts: 

  • 广 (cave)
  • 木 (tree)
  • 石 (stone)


Think of polishing or grinding the bark off two trees 木 with a stone 石 in a cave 广.

Stroke Order:


  • 歯磨(はみが)き brushing one's teeth
  • 歯磨(はみが)() toothpaste
  • 切磋琢磨(せっさたくま) diligent application (to work or study); improving oneself through hard studying/work; mutual encouragement for both to improve
  • 靴磨(くつみが)き shoeshine; shoe polishing


Let's polish our Japanese!

  • 日本語
  • 磨こう let's polish; let's sharpen; let's improve

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