cat

(catleft) + (flowertop) + (rice field)
★★★☆☆
11 strokes
SYMBOLICMR
SYMBOLIC for small animals in general

Mutants

catleft

Onyomi

Mnemonic

The left-hand radical is the MUTANT RADICAL for cat- it looks like a cat's paw with claws extended.

So you can say:

The cat is out playing with flowers in the rice field.

Kunyomi

ねこ cat 1/2 KANA
★★★★★

Jukugo

子猫(こねこ)

kitten ★★★☆☆ KUNKUN
(child) + (cat) = 子猫 (kitten)

招き猫(まねきねこ)

shop-window cat ★★★☆☆ CCW
(beckon) + (cat) = 招き猫 (shop-window cat)

the little cat in all the shop windows. It's kind of a weird phenomenon if you think about it: One paw is up, beckoning customers to come in, like "Come on in, guy! I like your style!" But the other paw clutches a gold coin, usually marked 10,000,000 yen. Like "OK, J/K about valuing you. I just want your money."

猫舌(ねこじた)

no hot food for me! ★☆☆☆☆ KUNKUN
(cat) + (tongue) = 猫舌 (no hot food for me!)

someone who doesn't like hot (like oven-hot, not spicy) food.

野良猫(のらねこ)

stray cat ★☆☆☆☆ KANAFP
(field) + (good) + (cat) = 野良猫 (stray cat)

Lookalikes

Meaning Hint Radical
cat CLAW
depict HAND

The cat has a CLAW. You draw with your HAND.

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