涙 means 'tears'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 1163   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-15    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 49    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 36 words   Used in 71 words   Used in 34 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   なみだ tears
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Learn how tears well up, trickle, and stream in Japanese and how to say that you're moved to tears. Start complaining about your pittance of a salary, and find out how to say that you've overlooked an insult. See how money can blunt the pain of a breakup. Also learn about the tears associated with sparrows, mosquitoes, crocodiles, and devils, as well as with chopsticks and blood.
⿰   () water   return  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 涙 is used 4 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 涙 is used 69 times, read 2 ways.
ルイ : 31 words FIND ALL
tears of gratitude
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なみだ : 38 words FIND ALL
Most common form:
1. tear; tears; lachrymal secretion
2. sympathy
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An additional 2 less common words include 涙 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1916  Joy o' Kanji : 1916  Key to Kanji:

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ルイ   なみだ tears   
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スイ   みず water   
レイ   もど to return   もど to send back   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
コ   と door   
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