Components

甘 means 'sweet'

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Strokes : 5    Radical number: 99    Frequency: 1045   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-13    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 47    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 99 words   Used in 108 words   Used in 182 names   Component in 50 kanji (7 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   カン
Kun
   あま sweet, indulgent   あまえる to behave like a spoiled child   あまやかす to pamper
Kun    うま
Name    かも
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Even though 甘い (あまい) seems ultra-simple, it has six definitions! Some are straightforward (e.g., sweet tastes and smells). Others are unexpected, as when "sweet" words deceive or spoil others. You'll learn the term for "sweet tooth" and for its opposite, a word that has nothing to do with food! You'll also find out about 甘 as a radical in eight Joyo kanji.
Essay 1093 on 甘 (sweet; "sweet" radical) covers this radical, which seems to lose all its sugariness in (excessive), (navy blue), and (a certain). This shape is just a component in the last two examples.
⿻  廿 twenty; 20   one  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 甘 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 甘 is used 103 times, read 3 ways.
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カン : 27 words FIND ALL
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noun
sweetener (sugar, honey, saccharin, maltose, etc.); sweetening agent; sweetening
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あま : 70 words FIND ALL
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1. sweet-tasting; sweet; sugary; sugared
2. fragrant (smelling); sweet (music)
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うま : 6 words FIND ALL
tasty dish
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An additional カン less common words include 甘 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1093  Joy o' Kanji : 1093  Key to Kanji:

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カン   あま sweet, indulgent   あまえる to behave like a spoiled child   あまやかす to pamper   
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廿
twenty; 20   にじゅう twenty   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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