之 means 'of'

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Strokes : 3    Frequency: 375   Usefulness: 6    Study set: 6-1    Grade: 9   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 3 words   Used in 22 words   Used in 6428 names   Component in 9 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jinmeiyō (人名用)
Kun    ゆく   この
Name    いたる   あき   つな   ゆみ   くに   のぶ   ひさ   ひで
之 is the source of both hiragana し and katakana シ. Despite a superficial resemblance, and the fact that it can be read の, it is not the source of の, which comes from (whereupon).
⿳   dot   () fu   stretch  
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之 is not used in the most common form of any of the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese.
Across all words in Japanese, 之 is used 15 times, read 3 ways.
シン : 1 word FIND ALL
kanji "road" or "advance" radical (radical 162)  (see also: 之繞を掛ける)
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の : 12 words FIND ALL
chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha); king salmon; tyee salmon; Columbia River salmon; black salmon; chub salmon; hook bill salmon; winter salmon; spring salmon; quinnat salmon; blackmouth  (often written with kana only)
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(read as これ) : 2 words FIND ALL
Where there's a will, there's a way  (proverb)
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An additional シン less common words include 之 but the reading has not yet been categorized.

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シン   こ    の of   
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