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乙 means 'second'

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Stroke : 1    Radical number: 5    Frequency: 1861   JLPT: N1    Ring: 6    Set: 15    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 27 words   Used in 42 words   Used in 750 names   Component in 6 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   オツ
Kun
   #2, second, B; fish hook
On    イツ
Kun    おと-   きのと
     
the second of the ten heavenly stems
A kanji with a dizzying array of meanings, 乙 enables you to sequence items or rank them by quality. It also has definitions related to music, inventive tastes, young women, wit, astrology, and proofreading! This kanji cuts a fine form with its distinctive one-stroke swoosh, which is apt, as it can mean 'stylish.' On top of that, the 'fishhook' radical 乙 appears in several Joyo kanji.
Essay 1041 on 乙 (second (in order or quality); 'fishhook' radical) covers this radical and its variant, , showing how radical 5 unexpectedly appears in (1099: dry) and (951: breasts, milk). This shape even plays a significant role in one character that represents a number!
𠄌 () hook  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 乙 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 乙 is used 38 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
オツ : 15 words FIND ALL
noun
1. A and B; excellent and good; similarity
2. discrimination; discernment; distinction
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イツ : 3 words FIND ALL
noun
1. Very sincerely yours
2. different  (archaic)
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9
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イツ (read as いっ) : 1 word FIND ALL
noun
42nd of the sexagenary cycle  (see also: 干支)
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きのと : 3 words FIND ALL
second in rank; second sign of the Chinese calendar
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おと- (read as おと) : 15 words FIND ALL
noun
young female rice planter; young girl
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
1. little girl; maiden; young lady; female usually between 7 and 18 years old
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Henshall: 1041  Joy o' Kanji : 1041  Key to Kanji:

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オツ    #2, second, B; fish hook   
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