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刀 means 'sword'

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Strokes : 2    Radical number: 18    Frequency: 796   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-6    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 38 words   Used in 159 words   Used in 233 names   Component in 215 kanji (35 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   かたな sword
Kun    そり
Name    き   ち   と   わき
Find the swords tucked inside ultra-common kanji such as (159: before) and (579: separate; another).
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 刀 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 刀 is used 138 times, read 2 ways (with 4 variations).
トウ : 87 words FIND ALL
sword; dagger; knife; bayonet
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トウ (read as どう) : 1 word FIND ALL
thee core professions (learned and practiced by overseas Chinese due to their permanent demand: food preparation, construction, hairdressing)
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かたな : 11 words FIND ALL
3 2
1. (single-edged) sword; katana
2. dagger; knife  (archaic)
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かたな (read as がたな) : 14 words FIND ALL
small knife; short sword
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と: 3 words. FIND ALL
Jurchen pirate tribe who invaded Tsushima in 1019  (originally from Korean 'doe')
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ち: 22 words. FIND ALL
assistance (in a fight); seconds (in a fight)
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Henshall: 198 (originally: 181)  Joy o' Kanji : 181  Key to Kanji: 796 

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トウ   かたな sword   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.