串 means 'skewer'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 2585   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-48    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 8 words   Used in 20 words   Used in 247 names   Component in 5 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   くし a skewer
On    カン   ケン   セン
Kun    つらぬ
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Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) is famous, but the Japanese also pierce other foods with rods, including a sweet and one fruit. Discover ways of using 串 figuratively. Learn about skewers shaped like rifles, hairpins, and pine needles. And learn to say, “He ate three yakitori skewers,” “To make shish kebab, they roast lamb skewers,” and “I now have an idea of what’s going on.”
⿻   stick  ⿱   mouth   mouth  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 串 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 串 is used 16 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
くし : 7 words FIND ALL
grilling on a skewer; spit-roasting
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くし (read as ぐし) : 9 words FIND ALL
1. suspicions; guess
2. aim; mark; objective
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An additional 6 less common words include 串 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1993  Key to Kanji:

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くし a skewer   
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