竹 means 'bamboo'

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Strokes : 6    Radical number: 118    Frequency: 773   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-8    Grade: 1   Intermediate lesson: 42    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 71 words   Used in 123 words   Used in 2009 names   Component in 3 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   たけ bamboo
Name    たか
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 竹 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 竹 is used 104 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
チク : 36 words FIND ALL
4 3
1. pine, bamboo and plum (together an auspicious grouping)
2. high, middle and low (ranking); top, middle and bottom; upper, medium, lower; first, second and third (class)  (from 松 down to 梅)
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たけ : 55 words FIND ALL
Most common form: たけ
1. bamboo
2. middle (of a three-tier ranking system)
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たけ (read as だけ) : 11 words FIND ALL
0 2
green bamboo
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たか: 2 words. FIND ALL
bamboo mat  (see also: )
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An additional 19 less common words include 竹 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 71 (originally: 170)  Joy o' Kanji : 170  Key to Kanji: 731 

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チク   たけ bamboo   
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