巾 means 'turban' or 'cloth'

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Strokes : 3    Radical number: 50    Frequency: 2051   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-39    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 12 words   Used in 48 words   Used in 127 names   Component in 200 kanji (33 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On    フク
Kun    おお   ちきり   きれ
The primary meaning of 巾 is 'cloth'. Originally in China it was used to refer to a piece of cloth worn on the head, hence on Kanshudo we use the meaning 'turban' in mnemonics. It also carries similar meanings such as 'scarf' and 'towel', and unrelated meanings such as 'width' and 'hanging scroll'.
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This versatile character helps you discuss anything from dishrags to the width of a waterfall. It's in (pouch), which has influenced both fashion and food (having lent its pyramidal shape to two dishes that are considered lucky). As a radical, 巾 pops up in scads of kanji, including some of the first ones you learned.
Essay 1989 on 巾 (cloth; 'cloth' radical) tells you all about this radical, which inserts itself into scads of kanji, including some of the first you ever learned: (market) and (seat).
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 巾 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 巾 is used 33 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
キン : 30 words FIND ALL
house-cloth; dust cloth
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キン (read as ぎん) : 3 words FIND ALL
zoanthid  (often written with kana only)
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An additional 15 less common words include 巾 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1989  Key to Kanji:

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キン   turban; cloth
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