呂 means 'spine' or 'ロ sound'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 1207   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 5 words   Used in 76 words   Used in 906 names   Component in 12 kanji (3 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   リョ   ロ
Kun    せぼね spine, backbone
Name    とも   なが
呂 is the source of both hiragana ろ and katakana ロ. It is no longer used in any words that retain its original meaning of 'spine'.
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With this deep dive into the world of Japanese baths, learn about the Indian roots of Japanese bathing practices, the custom of bathing at someone else's house, the way to heat cold bathwater, the purpose of bathtub covers, and figurative descriptions of muggy weather. Also find out about various bathing environments, whether indoor, outdoor, water-free, sandy, or hazardous!
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In Hot Water
栓 槽 岡 呂
Bathing in Japan could mean communing with nature, following rigid procedures in a bathhouse, or soaking in water that other relatives have used. These essays cover all situations. They introduce practical terms for "bathtub," "turning on a faucet," and "overflowing." You'll learn where people bathed before owning bathtubs. You'll see how, in bathhouses, smaller, raised pools and larger pools below floor level respectively represent land and sea. You'll learn which "bathtub" term the Japanese associate with empty basins versus full pools at hot springs. And you'll discover how bathing has connected to religion, family bonds, prostitution, and a famous thief.
⿳   mouth   stick   mouth  
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 (𠂤) two mouths  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 呂 is used 4 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 呂 is used 68 times, read 2 ways.
ロ : 62 words FIND ALL
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1. bath; bathtub  (see also: お風呂)
2. bathroom; bathhouse
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リョ : 6 words FIND ALL
1. bass range (in Japanese music)  (see also: ; abbreviation)
2. six even-numbered notes of the ancient chromatic scale  (see also: 十二律, )
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An additional リョ less common words include 呂 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2136  Key to Kanji:

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リョ   ロ    spine   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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