穴 means 'hole'

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Strokes : 5    Radical number: 116    Frequency: 1113   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Challenge set: 6    Grade: 6   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 39 words   Used in 120 words   Used in 420 names   Component in 28 kanji (11 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   あな hole
Name    けな   しし   な
when looks like combination of and , use hole; when top is , ie , use net
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⿱   roof   () katakana 'ha'; eight  
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 lack   () net  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 穴 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 穴 is used 116 times, read 2 ways (with 1 variation).
ケツ : 22 words FIND ALL
grave, specifically the hole in the ground
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ケツ (read as けっ) : 2 words FIND ALL
cave dwelling; troglodytism
あな : 92 words FIND ALL
noun, noun (suffix)
1. hole  (see also: 穴が開く; also read めど for this sense)
2. deficit; shortage; missing person (in a team, meeting, etc.)
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Henshall: 860 (originally: 849)  Joy o' Kanji : 849  Key to Kanji: 264 

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ケツ   あな hole   
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ハチ   katakana 'ha'; eight   や    よう eight   
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