Today’s #kanji is 米, which makes its own radical of #こめへん（米）. One theory says it is a pictograph depicting a spike of a plant. Another theory says it is a logogram made of 十 (plant) and 4 lines depicting its grains.
Meaning: rice, meter, America
米国（ベイコク）: (the United States of) America. If we write アメリカ in Kanji, we use the characters, 亜米利加. The first letter 亜 is used for Asia, 亜細亜, so we use the second letter 米 for the US.
米穀（ベイコク）: rice (as grain)
米寿（ベイジュ）: one’s 88th birthday. 八十八, 88 in Kanji, if written vertically, looks like 米.
欧米（オウベイ）: Europe and North America; the West. Europe is shortened as 欧州（オウシュウ） in Kanji.
平米（ヘイベイ）: a square meter
玄米（ゲンマイ）: brown rice, unpolished rice
新米（シンマイ）: 1. new rice, the first rice of the year 2. a beginner, a novice, a newcomer
白米（ハクマイ）: polished rice
（お）米（こめ）: (hulled, uncooked) rice
もち米（ごめ）: glutinous rice
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