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玄 means 'mystery'

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Strokes : 5    Radical number: 95    Frequency: 767   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 3    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
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).
This is a synopsis of Joy o' Kanji's in-depth essay on 玄
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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 illusion  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 玄 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 玄 is used 39 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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5
2
TEST
くろ : 2 words FIND ALL
1. expert; professional; master  (opposite: 素人)
2. woman in the nightlife business; demimondaine; geisha and prostitutes  (see also: 素人)
(click the word to view an additional 1 reading and 2 forms, examples and links)
1
5
TEST
けん: 2 words. FIND ALL
noun
winter
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TEST
Henshall: 1227  Joy o' Kanji : 1227  Key to Kanji:

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ゲン    mystery, dark   
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5
short, tiny   
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シ   いと thread   
4
lid
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.
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