Components

亀 means 'turtle'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1211   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-15    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 21 words   Used in 68 words   Used in 975 names   Component in 9 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   キ
Kun
   かめ turtle
On    キュウ   キン
Name    ひさ   ひさし
     
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 亀 - click the badge to download
People universally associate turtles with slowness. The Japanese do, too, but they've taken turtle symbolism quite a bit further. They also see these ponderous animals as representing luck, longevity, wisdom, experience, divisiveness, ugliness, and sexual attractiveness! Ugliness and sexual attractiveness?! Quite a range! As if all that weren't enough, 亀 is also a radical and a new addition to the Joyo set, as of 2010.
See essay 1985 on 亀 (turtle; "turtle" radical) to learn about this radical, which doesn't appear in any Jōyō kanji except for 亀 itself but may bring you good luck.
⿳   () corner   rice field   electricity  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 亀 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 亀 is used 58 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
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キ : 18 words FIND ALL
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noun
crack; crevice; fissure; chap; rift
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キ (read as きっ) : 3 words FIND ALL
tortoise shell bondage; turtle shell bondage
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かめ : 19 words FIND ALL
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Most common form: カメ
noun
tortoise; turtle
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かめ (read as がめ) : 18 words FIND ALL
noun
leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1985  Key to Kanji:

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キ   かめ turtle   
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electricity
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second   おつ    
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
corner
デン   た rice field   
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