臼 means 'mortar'

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Strokes : 6    Radical number: 134    Frequency: 2392   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-45    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 8 words   Used in 30 words   Used in 296 names   Component in 116 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   うす a mortar
Kun    うすづ
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This kanji gives us an entry point into the earthy world of grinding crops. Through 臼 we learn about the mortar and pestle, the original (and best?) way of making mochi (and the basis for a saying about how men and women need each other). The essay also introduces medical terms, including one for "molar." After all, "mortars" in the mouth grind food!
Essay 1987 on 臼 (mortar; millstone; "mortar" radical) covers this radical. If you're interested (興: 652) in beating things to a pulp, this is the radical for you!
⿰  E    yo = to yell / say hi  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 臼 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 臼 is used 30 times, read 2 ways.
キュウ : 18 words FIND ALL
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うす : 12 words FIND ALL
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stone mortar; millstone; quern
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Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1987  Key to Kanji:

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キュウ   うす a mortar   
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