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 12 kanji (5 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   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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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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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)
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けん: 2 words. FIND ALL
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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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