公 means 'official'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 167   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Challenge set: 4    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 9    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 408 words   Used in 576 words   Used in 2235 names   Component in 9 kanji (4 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   おおやけ official, public
Name    あきら   き   きみ   きん   たか   ただし   とも   ひろ   まさ
⿱   () katakana 'ha'; eight   () private  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 公 is used 41 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 公 is used 557 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
コウ : 539 words FIND ALL
(public) park
ク : 10 words FIND ALL
outcasts common around the Kyoto region from the Kamakura period to the Edo period
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おおやけ : 4 words FIND ALL
public; open; formal; official; governmental
きん: 3 words. FIND ALL
chopped burdock root (and sometimes carrot) cooked in sugar and soy sauce  (see also: 金平牛蒡; abbreviation; often written with kana only)
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きみ: 1 word. FIND ALL
1. you; buddy; pal  (also used colloquially by young females; male term or language; familiar language)
2. monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master  (orig. meaning)
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Henshall: 126 (originally: 277)  Joy o' Kanji : 277  Key to Kanji: 312 

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コウ   おおやけ official, public   
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ハチ   katakana 'ha'; eight   や    よう eight   
ム   private
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