弦 means 'bowstring'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 1931   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-36    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 20 words   Used in 52 words   Used in 172 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   つる bowstring, cord
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Discover the imaginative leaps the Japanese have made by associating 弦 with objects whose shapes suggest curved archery bows and their taut strings. Learn terms for “guitar string” and two categories of stringed instruments, as well as “string quartet” and “orchestra.” Also find out how to speak of stringed, wind, and percussion instruments collectively with a tidy acronym.
⿰   bow   mystery  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 弦 is used 3 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 弦 is used 50 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ゲン : 43 words FIND ALL
1. bowstring
2. string (of a shamisen, etc.); stringed instrument  (see also: )
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つる : 6 words FIND ALL
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1. bowstring
2. string (of shamisen, guitar, violin, etc.)
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つる (read as づる) : 1 word FIND ALL
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An additional つる less common words include 弦 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1228  Joy o' Kanji : 1228  Key to Kanji:

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ゲン   つる bowstring, cord   
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ゲン    mystery, dark   
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short, tiny   
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シ   いと thread   
キュウ   ゆみ a bow   
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