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To find any kanji, first try to identify the components it is made up of. Once you have identified any component, search for it in any of three ways:
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Example: look up 漢
  • Notice that 漢 is made of several components: 氵 艹 口 夫
  • Draw any of these components (one at a time) in the drawing area, and select it when you see it
  • Alternatively, look for a component in the list. 氵 艹 口 each have three strokes; 夫 has four strokes
  • If you know the meanings of the components, type any of them in the text area: water (氵), grass (艹), mouth (口) or husband (夫)
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The Kanshudo Component Builder can recognize any of the 416 components listed in the chart below the drawing area. Tips:
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掘 means 'dig'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1267   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Challenge set: 7    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 50    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 24 words   Used in 54 words   Used in 64 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   to dig
Name    ぼり
People use this kanji for digging up crops, excavating ruins, and mining; 掘 is quite grounded. But if you dig a little, you'll soon spot its figurative side. This essay will teach you to say "That old book is a real find" and "Someone rear-ended me." Through this kanji you'll find out about hidden treasure, an animal shaped like a tusk, and heating systems submerged in pits in the floor.
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 掘
⿰   () hand   yield  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 掘 is used 4 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 掘 is used 52 times, read 2 ways (with 4 variations).
クツ : 12 words FIND ALL
1. excavation; exhumation
2. discovery (e.g. new talent)
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クツ (read as くっ) : 6 words FIND ALL
digging out; excavation
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: 25 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to dig; to excavate; to hollow
2. to delve into
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(read as ほり) : 4 words FIND ALL
'su' godan verb, transitive verb
to dig out; to pick up
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(read as ぼ) : 3 words FIND ALL
pit mining
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ぼり: 2 words. FIND ALL
open-cut or open-air (strip) mining
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Henshall: 1189  Joy o' Kanji : 1189  Key to Kanji:

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クツ   ほ to dig   
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シュ   て hand   
クツ    yield   
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シュツ   スイ   だ to take out, to put out   で to go out, to exit   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.