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然 means 'resemble'

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Strokes : 12    Frequency: 205   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-4    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 18    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 74 words   Used in 435 words   Used in 277 names   Component in 7 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ゼン   ネン
Kun    さらば farewell; be that so   しか   しか   しか   さ
Upper part exists as a rare kanji,
⿱  ⿰   () body part   dog   () fire  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 然 is used 14 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 然 is used 415 times, read 4 ways.
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ゼン : 316 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. nature
2. natural; spontaneous
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ネン : 33 words FIND ALL
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1. nature; spontaneity  (opposite: 人工)
2. natural airhead  (see also: 天然ボケ; abbreviation; colloquialism)
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さ : 47 words FIND ALL
expression
it is so; it is as such  (archaic)
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しか : 19 words FIND ALL
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Most common form: しかるべき
proper; appropriate; due; suitable  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 557 (originally: 528)  Joy o' Kanji : 528  Key to Kanji: 645 

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ゼン   ネン    resemble   
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ケン   いぬ dog   
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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   
dot   
ニク body part   
fire
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