Components

爪 means 'claw'

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Strokes : 4    Radical number: 87    Frequency: 1796   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-32    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 41 words   Used in 63 words   Used in 127 names   Component in 29 kanji (3 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Kun
   つめ   つま- claw; fingernail
On    ソウ
           
爪 is more common as a component than on its own, usually in the form . In mnemonics we often use it a verb, ie 'to claw (in)'.
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Delving into the 爪 kanji introduces you to rich idiomatic expressions about a wide range of things: following in people's footsteps, not showing off, preparing to defeat opponents, saving money (sometimes to extremes), and bearing scars after traumas. This new addition to the Joyo set is a prevalent radical that's useful to know, but the variants can be hard to recognize unless you've learned what they are.
Essay 2071 on 爪 (nail, claw; "claw" radical) covers this prevalent shape, which serves as the on-duty radical in (1344: rank of nobility) and as a component in (483: vegetable), to name just two examples of places you wouldn't expect to see claws!
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 爪 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 爪 is used 62 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
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ソウ : 5 words FIND ALL
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noun
1. claws and fangs; claws and tusks
2. clutches; devious design; means of causing harm; weapon
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つめ : 31 words FIND ALL
0
noun
1. nail (e.g. fingernail, toenail); claw; talon; hoof
2. plectrum; pick
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つま- (read as つま) : 15 words FIND ALL
3
noun
toothpick
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つめ (read as づめ) : 11 words FIND ALL
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noun
nail (e.g. fingernail, toenail)  (see also: 鉤爪)
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Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2071  Key to Kanji:

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つめ    つま- claw; fingernail   
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