也 means 'to be'

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Strokes : 3    Frequency: 1034   Usefulness: 6    Challenge set: 1    Grade: 9   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 0 words   Used in 8 words   Used in 1542 names   Component in 7 kanji (4 Jōyō)
Jinmeiyō (人名用)
Kun    なり   か   また
や and ヤ are derived from it
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auxiliary verb
1. to be (an affirmation)  (meaning 〜だ、〜である; often written with kana only; archaic)
2. to be (location)  (see also: なる; meaning 〜にある、〜にいる. Usu. なる; often written with kana only; archaic)
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chunky mochi made with half-polished rice, stuffed with red bean paste  (see also: , )
Only the husband does not know  (idiomatic expression)
Frailty, thy name is woman  (idiomatic expression)
A law is a law, however undesirable it may be  (idiomatic expression)

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ヤ   to be
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