畔 means 'paddy ridge'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 2256   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-43    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 2 words   Used in 10 words   Used in 139 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
Kun    ほとり bank (river etc.)   あぜ   くろ
Name    ぐろ
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Find out how the Japanese use a ridge between rice fields metaphorically to represent other objects. Learn to say all of the following: “Today we plan to stay at the riverside hotel,” “Many flowers are blooming on the riverbank,” “The English capital, London, is on the Thames,” “The old church by the lake is very beautiful,” and “He gave us a tour around the lake.”
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Corduroy Landforms
畝 堤 畔 堀
The Japanese have long corrugated the earth, mounding and trenching it with grand plans. Embankments (堤) rise above rivers to prevent floods. Dug-out moats (堀), whether empty or full, contrast with higher bordering land for castle defense. An agricultural field features ridges (畝) and furrows, with plants in raised areas, irrigation in "valleys." A footpath is just high enough above a flooded rice field (畔) that 畔also represents "causeway, a raised road across low or wet ground." See how the Japanese have gone to great lengths to create "corduroy" landforms.
⿰   rice field   half  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 畔 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 畔 is used 10 times, read 3 ways.
ハン : 6 words FIND ALL
lake shore
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あぜ : 3 words FIND ALL
Crepidiastrum keiskeanum (species of plant in the daisy family)  (often written with kana only)
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ほとり : 1 word FIND ALL
Most common form: あたり
1. on the bank of; by the side of (e.g. a river, pond)  (esp. ほとり; often written with kana only)
2. (in the) neighbourhood; neighborhood; vicinity; nearby
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Henshall: 1713  Joy o' Kanji : 1713  Key to Kanji:

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ハン    paddy ridge   
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ハン   なか half   
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ニ   ふた    ふた two   
デン   た rice field   
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