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北 means 'north'

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Strokes : 5    Frequency: 232   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 4    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 4    Beginner lesson: 15   Begins 146 words   Used in 194 words   Used in 6444 names   Component in 16 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ホク
Kun
   きた north
Name    きら   ほう   ほっ   ほつ
⿰   () left side   spoon  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 北 is used 26 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 北 is used 178 times, read 2 ways (with 3 variations). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
ホク : 79 words FIND ALL
northeast
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ホク (read as ほっ) : 47 words FIND ALL
1. North Pole
2. the Arctic  (see also: 北極圏; abbreviation)
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ホク (read as ぼく) : 12 words FIND ALL
noun
1. north and south; north to south
2. South Korea and North Korea  (abbreviation)
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ホク (read as ぽく) : 2 words FIND ALL
successfully fleeing from North Korea
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きた : 37 words FIND ALL
noun
1. north
2. the North; northern territories
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
Beijing; Peking
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Henshall: 224 (originally: 205)  Joy o' Kanji : 205  Key to Kanji: 976 

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ホク   きた north   
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さじ spoon   
left side   じょう    しょう    
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.
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