核 (Core) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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corenucleusseedheart center

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かく
核 (Core) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

The kanji 核 means nucleus, core, seed, heart center.

核 is related to everything related to the nucleus as a chemical concept.

In this post we learn in detail the meaning of 核, its origin, and how it is used through real example sentences.


Origin of the kanji 核

This kanji is made up of two other very common kanji:

  • : kanji meaning tree, which is also a radical
  • 亥: kanji of the sign of the boar

What does kanji mean 核

This kanji indicates the core, and is connected to various terms that refer to the center, heart, fulcrum of an organism or organization.

This is also the kanji which indicates the nucleus at the chemical level. It is therefore also connected with everything that derives from this concept.

Kanji readings 核

Let's now see the various On and Kun readings that the kanji 核 assumes.

On readings of the kanji 核 🇨🇳

かく

This kanji has only one reading: かく. The reading かく is used in various words which, as mentioned, refer to the concept of nucleus.

Some words that use the kanji 核 reading かく are:

  • (かく): core, nucleus
  • (かく)(しん): heart, center point
  • (かく)(ゆう)(ごう): nuclear fusion
  • (げん)()(かく): atom, atomic nucleus

Examples of the kanji 核

()(けん)(かく)(しん)はそこにあります。

This is where the center of the case is.

これは(せい)(しん)(かく)

This is the core of the spirit.

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