川 means 'river'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 47    Frequency: 109   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Study set: 1-3    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 3    Beginner lesson: 11   Begins 88 words   Used in 163 words   Used in 25633 names   Component in 46 kanji (10 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   かわ river
Name    か   こ   さわ
See why the Japanese need to emphasize that 川 is a “three-stroke river,” and discover what happens when that river is bent out of shape.
⿲   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   stick   stick  
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 wavy river  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 川 is used 9 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 川 is used 148 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
セン : 17 words FIND ALL
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かわ : 90 words FIND ALL
Most common form: かわ
1. river; stream  (this meaning is restricted to reading かわ)
2. the .... river; (suffix used with the names of rivers)  (usually read がわ)
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かわ (read as がわ) : 40 words FIND ALL
streamlet; brook
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が: 1 word. FIND ALL
Most common form: 河太郎
kappa (mythical water-dwelling creature)  (see also: 河童)
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An additional 巛 less common words include 川 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 59 (originally: 48)  Joy o' Kanji : 48  Key to Kanji: 632 

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セン   かわ river   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
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