剣 means 'sword'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 899   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-7    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 53 words   Used in 101 words   Used in 206 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   つるぎ sword
   剑 (Chinese)  
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This packed-to-the-gills essay teaches everything about the Japanese sword, from its connections to Buddhism and samurai to its metaphorical role. You'll learn how people use 剣 and quite differently. Fantastic photos provide glimpses of sword-bearing martial arts, supplementing the discussion of kendo. In one quiz, you'll even consider which animals come equipped with swords!
⿰   unanimous   () sword  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 剣 is used 5 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 剣 is used 93 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ケン : 89 words FIND ALL
1. seriousness; earnestness
2. real sword (as opposed to unsharpened or wooden practice weapon)
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つるぎ : 3 words FIND ALL
new moon; crescent moon  (poetical term; archaic)
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やいば: 1 word. FIND ALL
two-edged sword
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An additional つるぎ less common words include 剣 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1214  Joy o' Kanji : 1214  Key to Kanji: 272 

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ケン   つるぎ sword   
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ケン    unanimous   
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オウ    centre   
assembly, gathering   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
トウ   かたな sword   
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