堀 means 'ditch'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 936   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-8    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 11 words   Used in 26 words   Used in 1362 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   ほり ditch, moat
On    クツ
Name    ほっ
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Through this photo-rich essay (which includes gorgeous pictures of castle towers alongside moats), you'll learn why the Japanese sometimes created dry moats, how moats with lattice bottoms deterred enemies, how moat layout related to socioeconomic strata, how both moats and canals have left marks on Tokyo and Osaka, what it means to "bridge a moat" figuratively, and more!
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Corduroy Landforms
畝 堤 畔 堀
The Japanese have long corrugated the earth, mounding and trenching it with grand plans. Embankments (堤) rise above rivers to prevent floods. Dug-out moats (堀), whether empty or full, contrast with higher bordering land for castle defense. An agricultural field features ridges (畝) and furrows, with plants in raised areas, irrigation in "valleys." A footpath is just high enough above a flooded rice field (畔) that 畔also represents "causeway, a raised road across low or wet ground." See how the Japanese have gone to great lengths to create "corduroy" landforms.
⿰   ground; earth   yield  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 堀 is used 3 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 堀 is used 17 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
ほり : 8 words FIND ALL
Most common form: ほり
1. moat; fosse
2. canal; ditch
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ほり (read as ぼり) : 9 words FIND ALL
outer moat (castle)
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An additional 9 less common words include 堀 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1824  Joy o' Kanji : 1824  Key to Kanji:

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ほり ditch, moat   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
クツ    yield   
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シュツ   スイ   だ to take out, to put out   で to go out, to exit   
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