匹 means 'counter for animals'

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Strokes : 4    Frequency: 1577   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-20    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 53    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 8 words   Used in 22 words   Used in 21 names   Component in 23 kanji (3 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ひき counter for animals
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 匹 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 匹 is used 22 times, read 2 ways (with 3 variations).
ヒツ (read as ひっ) : 6 words FIND ALL
comparing with; match; rival; equal
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ヒツ : 3 words FIND ALL
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ひき : 3 words FIND ALL
1. counter for small animals  (this meaning is restricted to reading ひき)
2. counter for rolls of cloth (two han in size)
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ひき (read as ぴき) : 9 words FIND ALL
1. one animal (small)
2. two-tan bolt of cloth  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to form 一匹)
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ひき (read as びき) : 1 word FIND ALL
three (small animals)
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An additional 7 less common words include 匹 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1736  Joy o' Kanji : 1736  Key to Kanji:

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ヒツ   ひき counter for animals   
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