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音読み (おんよみ): ビ、ミ
音読み (くんよみ): うつく・しい
部首 (ぶしゅ): 羊 (ひつじ)

Meaning: beautiful, sublime

Notes:

美術

びじゅつ
art (particularly visual art)

美人

びじん
beautiful woman

美味しい

おいしい
delicious, tasty.  Has a unique reading of おhere.

美しい

うつくしい
beautiful

美容室

びようしつ
beauty parlor, salon

“081104-Hachinohe-0671” from Flickr member laicc1.  Click image for a larger version.  (Original image is here.)

美 is one of those kanji that you learn in a basic Japanese class.  But it still held some surprises for me.  First, I found out I my stroke order was completely wrong.  Secondly, I didn’t know that in some cases, I think in personal names, it might be pronounced ミ.

 

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Kanji originally posted 2009.06.20 18:03

Part or all of English definition is from  KANJIDIC — property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group’s licenceDonate to the WWWJDIC project. Stroke order diagrams licensed from Kanji Cafe.
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Written by bunkalearner

2010/01/18 at 8:15 am

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