弥 means 'increasingly'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 909   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-8    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 34 words   Used in 51 words   Used in 1920 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On    ミ   ビ
Kun    いや   や   あまねし   いよいよ   とおい   ひさし   ひさしい   わた
Name    わたる   みつ   ひろ   よ
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Discover the shocking roots of the language and people of Japan (i.e., Yayoi versus Jomon). Find out about Buddhist figures and terms that have eluded you. And learn to say, “They hooted at his suggestion,” “That makes you even more attractive,” “That’s nothing more than a temporary remedy,” and “The origins of (certain) kanji will make your hair stand on end with fear.”
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Sounds, Sanskrit, and Statues
刹 那 奈 弥
To represent certain sounds with kanji, ancient people had particular go-to characters. Thus, these four kanji contribute yomi (rather than meaning) to many place names (including Nara, Kanagawa, Naha, a term for "China," and some mythical locations) and to plenty of religious words transliterated from Sanskrit. Buddhism takes center stage in all four essays, two of which contrast massive statues of Vairocana Buddha and Amitabha Buddha in Nara and Kamakura respectively. Surprisingly, three kinds of noodles pop up along the way!
⿰   bow   small man  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 弥 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 弥 is used 44 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
ミ : 19 words FIND ALL
1. Amitabha (Buddha); Amida  (Buddhist term)
2. ghostleg lottery; ladder lottery; lottery in which participants trace a line across a lattice pattern to determine the winner  (see also: 阿弥陀籤; often written with kana only; abbreviation)
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ビ : 4 words FIND ALL
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や : 13 words FIND ALL
1. third month of the lunar calendar  (obsolete term)
2. thick growth (of grass, etc.)  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading いやおい)
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いや : 4 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to become still greater
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よ: 4 words. FIND ALL
Most common form:
1. more and more; increasingly  (see also: 愈々; archaic)
2. extremely; very  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading いや)
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An additional 7 less common words include 弥 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2120  Key to Kanji:

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ショウ   こ-    お-    ちいさい small   
ジン   ニン   ひと man   
キュウ   ゆみ a bow   
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