工 means 'work'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 48    Frequency: 402   JLPT: N4    Usefulness: 2    Study set: 2-2    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 12    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 115 words   Used in 553 words   Used in 2109 names   Component in 195 kanji (22 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   コウ   ク
Name    もく
This simple-looking radical pops up in such common kanji as (left) and (difference), as well as 工 itself, but the 工 radical isn’t nearly as straightforward as it appears. Find out what complications it causes.
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 工 is used 22 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 工 is used 540 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
コウ : 483 words FIND ALL
factory; plant; mill; workshop
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ク : 54 words FIND ALL
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ク (read as ぐ) : 3 words FIND ALL
Most common form: 具合い
condition; state; manner; health
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An additional 10 less common words include 工 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 125 (originally: 113)  Joy o' Kanji : 113  Key to Kanji: 321 

Cascading kanji view

コウ   ク    work; construction; craft   
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