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河 means 'river'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 609   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Challenge set: 2    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: 39    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 74 words   Used in 170 words   Used in 2755 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   カ
Kun
   かわ river
Name    かっ   こ   こう
⿰   () water   good; possible  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 河 is used 8 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 河 is used 137 times, read 2 ways (with 4 variations). 1 words use a non-standard reading.
カ (read as が) : 49 words FIND ALL
noun
canal; waterway
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4
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カ : 48 words FIND ALL
noun
rivers
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4
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かわ : 30 words FIND ALL
1. riverbank; riverside
2. fish market
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かわ (read as がわ) : 2 words FIND ALL
noun
kappa (mythical water-dwelling creature)  (see also: 河童)
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こう: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
Japanese spatterdock (species of water lily, Nuphar japonica)  (often written with kana only)
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かっ: 6 words. FIND ALL
noun
cucumber sushi wrapped in nori (seaweed)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
dry river bed; river beach
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Henshall: 658 (originally: 628)  Joy o' Kanji : 628  Key to Kanji: 83 

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カ   かわ river   
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カ    good, possible, approval   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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hook
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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スイ   みず water   
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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.
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