Kanji Tip 19: 颪 (wind blowing down from mountains)

As promised on the last kanji lesson which meaning was “storm”, here is a kind of a less used version of the kanji 嵐 (あらし, storm)!

It’s read おろし (oroshi), and it means literally “wind blowing down from mountains”. As I introduced in this lesson, the bottom kanji means “wind”, and the upper one means “down”. So the meaning of the word is just as easy as it gets!

Using the “down” (下) kanji, we can also construct the word 下ろし (oroshi – same reading), which means “dropping”, or “unloading”.

It’s been quite a lot of “windy lessons”, so next time we’ll have a change of subject!


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