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肥 means 'manure'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 1404   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-20    Grade: 5   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 38 words   Used in 97 words   Used in 241 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   こえ manure   える to grow fat   やす to fertilize   やし fertilizer, manure
Kun    ふと
Name    い   こい   ひえ
⿰   () body part   comma  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 肥 is used 7 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 肥 is used 97 times, read 4 ways (with 4 variations).
ヒ : 59 words FIND ALL
manure; fertilizer; fertiliser
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こえ : 6 words FIND ALL
manure; night soil; dung; fertiliser; fertilizer
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える : 17 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
1. to grow fat; to gain weight; to put on weight
2. to grow fertile  (of soil)
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こえ (read as ごえ) : 6 words FIND ALL
manure; night soil
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える (read as ご) : 3 words FIND ALL
first fertilizing; first fertilising
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ふと : 2 words FIND ALL
'ru' godan verb, intransitive verb
to grow fat (stout, plump); to become fat; to gain weight
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ふと (read as ぶと) : 2 words FIND ALL
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ごやし: 2 words. FIND ALL
1. toothed medick (Medicago polymorpha); hairy medick; bur clover
2. white clover (Trifolium repens)  (see also: 白詰草; colloquialism)
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Henshall: 793 (originally: 772)  Joy o' Kanji : 772  Key to Kanji: 889 

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ヒ   こえ manure   こえる to grow fat   こやす to fertilize   こやし fertilizer, manure   
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ともえ comma shape, shape of magatama   
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コ   キ   おのれ self   
ニク body part   
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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.