渋 means 'astringent'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1376   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-20    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 28 words   Used in 41 words   Used in 202 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   しぶ   しぶ astringent, sour   しぶ to be reluctant
On    シュウ
The right side is a simplification of (hesitate). The component we call 'splash' is also used as a simplification of other repeated components, eg in (absorb).
⿰   () water  ⿱   stop   () water  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 渋 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 渋 is used 38 times, read 2 ways.
ジュウ : 9 words FIND ALL
Most common form: じゅうたい
congestion (e.g. traffic); delay; stagnation
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しぶ : 29 words FIND ALL
1. astringent; bitter; puckery; rough; harsh; tart
2. austere; elegant (and unobtrusive); refined; quiet (and simple); sober; sombre; subdued; tasteful (in a quiet way); understated
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An additional しぶ.い less common words include 渋 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1364  Joy o' Kanji : 1364  Key to Kanji:

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ジュウ   しぶ    しぶ astringent, sour   しぶ to be reluctant   
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シ   とめる to stop   とまる to stop   
スイ   みず water   
スイ   みず water   
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