塔 means 'pagoda'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 1486   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-19    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 52    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 6 words   Used in 60 words   Used in 313 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Right side exists as a rare kanji, (small bean)
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This gorgeous photo essay explains the origins of the pagoda; presents historic pagodas in Japan; tells you how to talk about pagodas with 2, 3, or 5 tiers; and explains the "cosmology" of stone pagodas. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the literal and figurative Tower of Babel, you'll find out about towers, also discovering what it means to call someone a control tower.
⿰   ground; earth  ⿱   () grass   fit  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 塔 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 塔 is used 53 times, read 1 way.
トウ : 53 words FIND ALL
Most common form: とう
noun, noun (suffix)
1. tower; steeple; spire
2. stupa; pagoda; dagoba  (see also: 卒塔婆, 塔婆; original meaning; abbreviation)
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An additional 搭 less common words include 塔 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1651  Joy o' Kanji : 1651  Key to Kanji:

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トウ    pagoda; tower   
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ゴウ   ガッ   カッ   あ to fit, come together   あわす to match   あわせる to unite, join   
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assembly, gathering   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
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