The kanji 食 relates to food and eating.
Words based on the Japanese reading of 食 include
Both words convey a meaning of eating, although they have different connotations. 食べる is the act of eating, such as a meal, wherein you place food in your mouth, bite, chew, and swallow. It is more elegant than 食う.
食う (which can also be written as
See the Lang-8 posting 「食べる」と「食う」の違い (Japanese) for more details on the difference between 食べる and 食う.
Words using the Chinese-based reading of 食 may be pronounced ショク.
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Chiya wonders why the rabbits in the park won’t eat the confection she’s offering them, considering the rabbit at her place does eat it.
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Chino asks if dry yeast is safe to eat.
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The bread baked and fresh out of the oven, Cocoa tells everyone to eat it right away.
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“Let’s try eating it,” Chiya says as everyone holds their freshly baked creations.
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Chino suggests maybe the reason the shop’s mascot rabbit is looking their way is because he wants to eat what they’re having.
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Mistakenly thinking Syaro is rich, Chino asks if she has things like caviar to eat. Syaro passes the question over to Rize.
Rize considers what kind she often has to eat.
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Considering she snacks on junk food and meal rations, Rize says foods she is able to eat right away are good.
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“Let’s eat lunch!” Maya exclaims following end-of-class bell.
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Cocoa tells Chiya she wanted to try (to eat) the school’s bread.
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Rize is surprised to hear Cocoa devoured three whole youkan. Her use of 食う is a reflection of the amount of time she’s spent around her military father and his co-workers.
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Seeing the different types of bread her friends have created to potentially sell in the coffee shop, Rize realizes that none of arouse her appetite. This combines 食 (eat, food) and 欲 (desire, craving).
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After Cocoa asks if Chino is on the side of including konnyaku in stew, Chino realizes the two of them have differing food cultures. This combines 食 (food) and 文化 (culture). In English, it can be said that two people have different “tastes in food”, although 食文化 refers more to the culture of food within a region, such as French cuisine, or traditional cuisine.
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Tippy gets carried away with his fortune telling, and reveals how Rize sneaked into the kitchen for a snack after dinner yesterday. This combines 夕 (evening) and 食 (food), meaning dinner, with 後 (later).