堤 means 'embankment'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 1865   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-34    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 7 words   Used in 20 words   Used in 388 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   つつみ embankment
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Embankments save lives and could even be why we have government! But they're so well integrated into landscapes that you could walk on an embankment and not know it. See why Japan has built these structures for millennia. (A folktale particularly brings the topic to life.) Also find out about embankment stew, tsutsumi dolls, 'super embankments,' and a "battleship seawall."
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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   just so  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 堤 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 堤 is used 19 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
テイ : 15 words FIND ALL
bank; weir; embankment; levee
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テイ (read as でい) : 1 word FIND ALL
embankment made of earth; bank; levee  (see also: 土手; obscure term)
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つつみ : 3 words FIND ALL
3 0
bank; embankment; dike
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An additional つつみ less common words include 堤 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1620  Joy o' Kanji : 1620  Key to Kanji:

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テイ   つつみ embankment   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
ゼ    just so, correctness, justice, right   
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
ヒキ    roll / bolt of cloth   
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