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乃 means 'whereupon'

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Strokes : 2    Radical number: 4    Frequency: 1237   Usefulness: 6    Study set: 6-1    Grade: 9   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 4 words   Used in 8 words   Used in 2491 names   Component in 33 kanji (4 Jōyō)
Jinmeiyō (人名用)
On
   ノ
On    ナイ   ダイ   アイ
Kun    すなわ   なんじ
Name    おさむ   お   のり
      丿  
Source of hiragana の and katakana ノ.
 three   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from  
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乃 is not used in the most common form of any of the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese.
Across all words in Japanese, 乃 is used 6 times, read 4 ways.
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ノ : 2 words FIND ALL
1
Most common form:
particle
possessive particle  (see also: ; 之 used esp. on tombs, etc.; archaic)
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ナイ : 1 word FIND ALL
1
Most common form: ないし
conjunction
1. from ... to; between ... and  (often written with kana only)
2. or  (often written with kana only)
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ダイ : 1 word FIND ALL
1
noun
father
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すなわ : 2 words FIND ALL
2
Most common form: すなわち
adverb, conjunction
that is; namely; i.e.  (often written with kana only)
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An additional ノ less common words include 乃 but the reading has not yet been categorized.

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ノ    whereupon; from (kana); splitting away from   
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three
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
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