I am having difficulty locating this kanji. My guess is the radical is cliff "厂" with 7 strokes. However, my dictionary fails me. The closest I got is 后.

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  • On it's own pronounced つわもの or いくさ, although I'm guessing these are a lot less frequent than just へい.
    – istrasci
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 16:33
  • I don't know if this is helpful, but as a Korean speaker, I recognize the kanji—it's the character for "soldier," commonly found written on janggi (Korean chess) pieces to indicate a pawn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janggi#Soldiers Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 4:47

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It's 兵 as in 兵士. Its radical is 八 (はち(がしら)) and apparently not 斤 (おの(づくり)) or 厂 (がんだれ). 7 strokes.


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    Wow, never would have guessed that as the radical. Commented Nov 28, 2013 at 23:47
  • When you can't find it under one radical it's always best to check the others just to be sure!
    – ssb
    Commented Nov 29, 2013 at 0:35
  • Not all radicals are obvious, unfortunately. This one is particularly amusing, though, as かしら in 八頭【はちがしら】 literally means "head", and yet it's acting as feet here.
    – Kaji
    Commented Apr 25, 2014 at 18:54

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