掘 means 'dig'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1267   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-17    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 50    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 26 words   Used in 54 words   Used in 64 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   to dig
Name    ぼり
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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.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
What Used to Exist
掘 跡 痕 踪
All four essays involve digging into matters, examining physical evidence of the past (including ruins, footprints, or even handwriting), making discoveries, drawing conclusions about what happened, and then taking action. That could mean closing the case on a crime, declaring a missing person legally dead and doling out inheritance money, reconstructing a historic site, or pursuing someone who has disappeared. All four essays reinforce the idea that although a living creature can vanish or die ridiculously fast, we all leave marks on this world.
⿰   () hand   yield  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 掘 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
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
Most common form: 掘鑿
digging out; excavation
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'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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An additional 3 less common words include 掘 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1189  Joy o' Kanji : 1189  Key to Kanji:

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クツ   ほ to dig   
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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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