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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 36 words   Used in 44 words   Used in 537 names   Component in 33 kanji (5 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ゲン
Kun
   mystery, dark
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 (803: rate, percentage) and off duty in (1577: domestic fowl and animals).
⿱   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).
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ゲン : 35 words FIND ALL
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entranceway; entry hall; vestibule; foyer; entryway; mud room
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くろ : 1 word FIND ALL
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noun
1. unpolished rice; unmilled rice; brown rice
2. black rice
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けん: 2 words. FIND ALL
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noun
winter
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ゲン    mystery, dark   
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short, tiny   
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シ   いと thread   
lid
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