玄 means 'mystery'

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Strokes : 5    Radical number: 95    Frequency: 767   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-5    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 37 words   Used in 44 words   Used in 537 names   Component in 33 kanji (5 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Kun    くろ   くろ
Name    けん   はる   はるか
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Find out about the shape that figures prominently in the name of a green tea and the word for "brown rice." It's also the "blackness" radical. What a colorful character! Or should I say "What a mysterious character"? It primarily means "mysterious," and it unexpectedly lends that meaning to such common words as 玄 (げんかん: entranceway).
Essay 1227 on 玄 (mysterious; "blackness" radical) tells you all about this radical, which is on duty in (lead; ratio) and off duty in (animal raising).
⿱   lid   short thread  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 玄 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 玄 is used 38 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ゲン : 35 words FIND ALL
entranceway; entry hall; vestibule; foyer; entryway; mud room
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くろ : 1 word FIND ALL
0 2
1. unpolished rice; unmilled rice; brown rice
2. black rice
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けん: 2 words. FIND ALL
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An additional one less common word includes 玄 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1227  Joy o' Kanji : 1227  Key to Kanji:

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ゲン    mystery, dark   
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short, tiny   
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シ   いと thread   
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