Meaning

Primary

Daikon

Alternative

Japanese Radish

Word Type

noun, の adjective

Explanation

This will be easier if you've seen or heard of daikon before. It's a really big root in the ground that's pretty delicious. It's known as daikon in the grocery stores for the most part, though occasionally you'll see it as Japanese radish instead.

Reading

だいこん
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. If you know the readings of your kanji you'll know how to read this as well. uses the だい reading because if you try to put the whole thing in your mouth at once you'll probably end up choking and dying.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 大根の〜
  • 大根を〜
  • 大根〜
  • 〜大根

Common Word Combinations

  • 大根の皮
    daikon peel
    大根の葉
    daikon leaves
    大根の葉っぱ
    daikon leaves
  • 大根を切る
    to cut daikon
    大根を使う
    to use daikon
    大根を入れる
    to put daikon in something
  • 大根役者
    a lousy actor
    大根下ろし
    grated daikon
    大根足
    thick legs
  • ブリ大根
    yellowtail and daikon dish
    かいわれ大根
    daikon sprouts
    千切り大根
    dried radish strips, daikon cut into fine strips

Context Sentences

一度、大根を育ててみようとしたんですが、全部かれてしまったんです。

I've tried to grow daikon once, but they all withered and died.

うちの家族は、クリスマスの時期にくつ下とかんそうさせた大根をぶら下げるんだ。

My family hangs up stockings and dried Japanese radishes for the Christmas season.

おお、これいいんじゃねえ?めちゃくちゃいい大根だよ。お前も、一本欲しいか?

Hey, check it out! These are really nice Japanese radishes. Do you want one of these too?

Kanji Composition