second (in order or quality); strange; stylish; "fishhook" radical
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A kanji with a dizzying array of meanings, 乙 enables you to sequence items or rank them by quality. It also has definitions related to music, inventive tastes, young women, wit, astrology, and proofreading! This kanji cuts a fine form with its distinctive one-stroke swoosh, which is apt, as it can mean “stylish.” On top of that, the “fishhook” radical 乙 appears in several Joyo kanji.
Oct. 31, 2013:
p. 10: Added the sidebar "Online Jargon."
p. 11: Fixed a typo on the first line.
Aug. 21, 2013: p. 10 sidebar: Deleted 3 links to a Flickr account that no longer exists. The photos contained 早乙女.
Aug. 31, 2012: Originally published.