寿 means 'longevity'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 1097   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-14    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 48    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 28 words   Used in 99 words   Used in 2068 names   Component in 10 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   ジュ   ス
   ことぶき longevity
On    シュウ
Kun    ことぶ   ことほ
Name    かず   じ   じゅう   すっ   すみ   とし   としかつ   なが   のぶ   のり   ひさ   ひさし   やす
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See how to invoke a god's name while saying, "Granddad is fully smiling.” Discover a waterfall that prolongs life. Unpack the riddles inherent in terms for auspicious birthdays. Learn to say, "He lived to a ripe old age," "The human lifespan has become twice as long as before," "Here's to a long and happy life!" and “For eons humans have longed for perpetual youth and longevity.”
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Favorite Foods
芋 寿 麺 拉
Sushi comes in infinite varieties (as the 寿 essay shows). Noodles can take many forms and be made from a multitude of flours (as the 麺 and 拉 essays demonstrate). Sweet potatoes differ by region (as the 芋 essay makes clear). In Japan these favorite foods inspire not only cravings but also deep passion, nostalgia, arguments over origin stories, and hairsplitting about the preparation methods particular to certain locales. People also have strong beliefs about these dishes, eating certain noodles for longevity, treating sweet potatoes as guilty pleasures, and regarding uncut sushi as lucky.
⿸  𡗗 three men   inch  
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 (寿) longevity  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 寿 is used 4 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 寿 is used 84 times, read 6 ways (with 1 variation).
ジュ : 48 words FIND ALL
life span
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ス (read as ず) : 15 words FIND ALL
nigirizushi; hand-formed sushi with a topping of seafood, etc.  (food term)
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ス : 14 words FIND ALL
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sushi; anything made with vinegared rice (may also contain vegetables, spices, fish, or other delicacies)  (see also: 巻き寿司; food term)
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シュウ (read as じゅう) : 1 word FIND ALL
central pavilion (of Heian Palace)  (see also: 十七殿)
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ことぶき : 4 words FIND ALL
1. congratulations; felicitations; best wishes
2. longevity; long life
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ことぶ : 1 word FIND ALL
'ku' godan verb, transitive verb
to congratulate; to wish one well
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ことほ : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 言祝ぐ
'gu' godan verb, transitive verb
to congratulate; to wish one well
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An additional 壽 less common words include 寿 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1351  Joy o' Kanji : 1351  Key to Kanji:

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ジュ   ス   ことぶき longevity   
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three men
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サン   み    みっ three   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
スン   inch
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