丹 means 'rust' or 'vermilion'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 1209   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 22 words   Used in 70 words   Used in 691 names   Component in 5 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Kun    あか rust-coloured   に rust-colored, red; red lead; elixir for longevity; sincerity
Name    た   たみ   まこと
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Find out which hues 丹 represents. (It’s complicated!) Learn to use 丹 to discuss great effort and careful work. See how a mineral gave rise to the shape and meaning of our kanji, and find out why the ancient Chinese fatally consumed this mineral in the pursuit of immortality. Also see why the Japanese revere the peony, and read about its connection to mochi, windfalls, and shrimp.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Color Me Surprised!
褐 彩 朱 丹
Nature abounds in these essays, including blood-red sunsets, brightly colored birds, and fall foliage. Logically, art forms such as painting, calligraphy, and lacquering also emerge as central themes. But who would have guessed that color ties in with many body parts: blood, the eye, lips, skin, cells, and even a point where energy is concentrated. Mental states also matter here with faces flushed with rage, diligence in work, depression and lifelessness, and vitality. Moreover, multiple essays touch on religion, minerals (including one ingested for longevity), and old forms of currency (one of which was chocolate!).
Flower Power
菊 丹 梗 藤
In this bouquet of essays, flowers represent far more than beauty. Those showcased here (including the Chinese bellflower of the 梗 essay and the tree peony of the 丹 essay) symbolize everything from the emperor, nobility, and wealth to honor, love, and feminine beauty. The Japanese also associate some of these flowers with hardiness or with grief. People celebrate them in family crests, at festivals, with dolls, and in a range of artistic creations. Supposedly, the flowers even confer health benefits—curing headaches, cooling and invigorating the blood, and removing phlegm.
⿻   wide  ⿱   dot   one  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 丹 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 丹 is used 58 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
タン : 47 words FIND ALL
assiduity; diligence; application
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タン (read as だん) : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 震旦
(ancient) China  (orig. from the Sanskrit 'Cinasthana')
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に : 6 words FIND ALL
red earth (i.e. containing cinnabar or minium); vermilion
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あか : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 赤い
2. Red (i.e. communist)
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た: 3 words. FIND ALL
godsend; windfall  (see also: 棚から牡丹餅; abbreviation; often written with kana only)
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An additional 舟 less common words include 丹 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1563  Joy o' Kanji : 1563  Key to Kanji:

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タン   rust; vermilion
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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