巣 means 'nest'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1683   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-28    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 18 words   Used in 63 words   Used in 306 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   a nest
Kun   くう
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Nests—they’re not just for the birds. Spiders, bees, and even dragons live in homes symbolized by 巣. Humans, too, inhabit “nests” until they leave their parents’ home (a move expressed with 巣). Find out about nest-building agreements between crows and people. Learn to discuss feelings strongly rooted in the heart. And see why 巣 is embroiled in a radical controversy.
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Intricate Systems
繭 桑 巣 蜂
These essays detail complex, interdependent systems, both natural and economic. Sericulture was once so essential to Japan's economy that mulberry (桑) fields are marked on maps, as silkworms eat only mulberry leaves. These animals laboriously spin cocoons (繭), producing filaments that become silk kimonos after many financial transactions. Similarly, Japanese apiarists oversee busy bees (蜂) that make not only hives and honeycomb but also honey to be sold and consumed in multiple ways. Animals build intricate nests and webs (both 巣) that inspire terrific Japanese figurative language. People even eat some nests!
⿱   () small   result; fruit; bear fruit  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 巣 is used 8 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 巣 is used 56 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ソウ : 26 words FIND ALL
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す : 29 words FIND ALL
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1. nest; rookery; breeding place; hive
2. den
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す (read as ず) : 1 word FIND ALL
swift's nest (used to make bird's nest soup); edible bird's nest  (see also: ツバメの巣; obscure term)
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An additional 6 less common words include 巣 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 560 (originally: 1521)  Joy o' Kanji : 1521  Key to Kanji: 658 

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ソウ   す a nest   
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カ    result   はたす to carry out   は end, extremity   はてる to come to an end   
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デン   た rice field   
モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
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