祖 means 'ancestor'

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Strokes : 9    Frequency: 901   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-19    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: 32    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 30 words   Used in 92 words   Used in 294 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 祖 is used 6 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 祖 is used 72 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
ソ : 66 words FIND ALL
1. grandfather
2. old man  (see also: ; this meaning is restricted to reading おおじ)
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ソ (read as ぞ) : 6 words FIND ALL
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An additional 20 less common words include 祖 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 758 (originally: 736)  Joy o' Kanji : 736  Key to Kanji: 647 

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ソ    ancestor   
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and another, moreover   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ボク   モク   eye   ま-    め    
ジ   シ   しめ to show   
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