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差 means 'difference'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 464   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-12    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 25    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 135 words   Used in 335 words   Used in 108 names   Component in 17 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   サ
Kun
   difference, distinction    to put (up), to raise
Kun   
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⿱  𦍌 () sheep  ⿰   () katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from   work  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 差 is used 16 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 差 is used 322 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
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サ : 286 words FIND ALL
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discrimination; distinction; differentiation
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サ (read as ざ) : 8 words FIND ALL
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Most common form: 日ざし
noun
sunlight; rays of the sun
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(read as さし) : 25 words FIND ALL
Most common form:
noun
1. between (e.g. two people); face to face
2. hindrance; impediment
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noun
two-sworded (samurai)
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Henshall: 508 (originally: 482)  Joy o' Kanji : 482  Key to Kanji: 360 

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サ    difference, distinction   さ to put (up), to raise   
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
ヨウ   ひつじ sheep   
コウ   ク    work; construction; craft   
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