Components

子 means 'child'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 39    Frequency: 9   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-2    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 1    Beginner lesson: 7   Begins 169 words   Used in 2015 words   Used in 21855 names   Component in 142 kanji (19 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   シ   ス
Kun
   child
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Kun   
Name    い   き   ぎ   く   け   ねっ
     
means 'mosquito larva', but when used as a component we refer to it as 'child'
It's obvious why the "child" radical 子 would play a part in (filial piety) and (grandchild) etymologically, but how did children get inside (learn), (character), and (alone)? Read to find out!
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 子 is used 55 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations). 3 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 子 is used 1788 times, read 5 ways (with 4 variations). 3 words use a non-standard reading.
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シ : 1168 words FIND ALL
1
noun
youth; young man
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ス : 66 words FIND ALL
0
noun
1. state; state of affairs; situation; circumstances
2. appearance; look; aspect
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シ (read as じ) : 41 words FIND ALL
1
noun
1. prince
2. subordinate Kumano shrine
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ス (read as ず) : 7 words FIND ALL
0
noun
figured satin
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ツ : 1 word FIND ALL
noun
type of lacquerware plate
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こ : 368 words FIND ALL
3
expression, noun
boy; male child; baby boy
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ね : 14 words FIND ALL
expression, noun
1. Day of the Rat (esp. the first Day of the Rat in the New Year)
2. collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots  (see also: 子の日の遊び; abbreviation)
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こ (read as ご) : 119 words FIND ALL
0
noun
twins; twin
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け: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
brush; commutator brush
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Part of a non-standard reading: 3 words. FIND ALL
0
noun
1. son
2. penis  (vulgar expression or word; this meaning is restricted to reading むすこ)
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Henshall: 40 (originally: 25)  Joy o' Kanji : 25  Key to Kanji: 413 

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