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故 means 'strike'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 715   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-5    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 41 words   Used in 119 words   Used in 41 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   コ
Kun
   ゆえ reason; deceased
Kun    もと   ふる
⿰   old   strike  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 故 is used 5 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 故 is used 109 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
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コ : 91 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. accident; incident; trouble
2. circumstances; reasons
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コ (read as ご) : 2 words FIND ALL
0
Most common form: 反古にする
1. to throw away as useless; to scrap
2. to make null and void; to renege; to annul; to revoke
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ゆえ : 11 words FIND ALL
2
Most common form: ゆえに
conjunction
therefore; consequently  (often written with kana only)
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もと : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: 元
noun, 'no' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (prefix)
former; ex-; past; one-time
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ふる : 4 words FIND ALL
2
Most common form: ふるさと
noun
1. home town; birthplace; native place; one's old home  (often written with kana only)
2. ruins; historic remains  (archaic; this meaning is restricted to reading ふるさと)
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Henshall: 694 (originally: 668)  Joy o' Kanji : 668  Key to Kanji: 299 

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コ   strike   ゆえ reason; deceased   
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コ   ふる old   -ふる to grow old   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
stick   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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ぼく strike   
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