繭 means 'cocoon'

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Strokes : 18    Frequency: 3561   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-50    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 7 words   Used in 17 words   Used in 57 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   まゆ cocoon
Kun    きぬ
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The Japanese associate 繭 with silkworms, even though other animals make cocoons. Find out how silkworms develop, producing a mile-long silky thread, and how people turn that filament into usable silk. See why the Japanese have been passionate about silk for millennia, and learn how that enthusiasm ties in with religion, architecture, literature, video games, and cosmetics.
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Intricate Systems
繭 桑 巣 蜂
These essays detail complex, interdependent systems, both natural and economic. Sericulture was once so essential to Japan's economy that mulberry (桑) fields are marked on maps, as silkworms eat only mulberry leaves. These animals laboriously spin cocoons (繭), producing filaments that become silk kimonos after many financial transactions. Similarly, Japanese apiarists oversee busy bees (蜂) that make not only hives and honeycomb but also honey to be sold and consumed in multiple ways. Animals build intricate nests and webs (both 巣) that inspire terrific Japanese figurative language. People even eat some nests!
⿱   () grass  ⿵   turban; cloth  ⿰   thread   insect  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 繭 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 繭 is used 15 times, read 2 ways.
ケン : 4 words FIND ALL
cocoon crop
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まゆ : 11 words FIND ALL
New Year's decoration with cocoon-shaped cakes  (see also: 餅花)
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An additional 2 less common words include 繭 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1223  Joy o' Kanji : 1223  Key to Kanji:

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ケン   まゆ cocoon   
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キン   turban; cloth
シ   いと thread   
チュウ   むし insect   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
チュウ   ジュウ   なか middle   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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