土 means 'ground' or 'earth'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 32    Frequency: 284   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-4    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 4    Beginner lesson: 16   Begins 216 words   Used in 446 words   Used in 2178 names   Component in 1381 kanji (226 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ド   ト
   つち ground, earth, soil
Name    つ   つく   は   ひじ
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 土 is used 25 times, read 3 ways. 2 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 土 is used 396 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations). 2 words use a non-standard reading.
ド : 305 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
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ト : 27 words FIND ALL
1. plot of land; lot; soil
2. locality; region; place
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つち : 59 words FIND ALL
1. earth; soil; dirt; clay; mud
2. the earth (historically, esp. as opposed to the heavens); the ground; the land
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つち (read as づち) : 2 words FIND ALL
Azuchi period (first half of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, 1568-1582 CE)  (see also: 安土桃山時代)
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つ: 1 word. FIND ALL
1. fertile shoot of field horsetail  (see also: 杉菜)
2. wooden stick with a burned tip (used to create underdrawings)  (see also: 焼き筆; this meaning is restricted to reading どひつ)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 2 words. FIND ALL
present; souvenir  (see also: お土産)
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An additional 士 less common words include 土 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 19 (originally: 60)  Joy o' Kanji : 60  Key to Kanji: 792 

Cascading kanji view

ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
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