苗 means 'seedling'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 1645   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-27    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 16 words   Used in 29 words   Used in 430 names   Component in 8 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   なわ-   なえ seedling
On    ミョウ
Name    ねい   のら   みう   みつ
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Find out about the literal side of 苗 (e.g., all that happens before rice seedlings go into paddies) and the figurative aspects of 苗 (e.g., when the "seedlings" of a culture bear delicious fruits). See how seedlings played key roles in "The Mutiny on the Bounty" and in one Nobel Peace Prize winner's work. Also discover why 苗 can mean "Hmong" and how it relates to smallpox.
⿱   () grass   rice field  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 苗 is used 6 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 苗 is used 24 times, read 4 ways.
ビョウ : 8 words FIND ALL
Most common form: しゅびょう
seeds and seedlings; eggs and hatchlings; (fish) eggs and fry
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ミョウ : 3 words FIND ALL
pea sprouts  (food term; originally from Chinese 'dòumiáo')
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なえ : 9 words FIND ALL
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なわ- (read as なわ) : 4 words FIND ALL
rice nursery; bed for rice seedlings
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An additional 5 less common words include 苗 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1740  Joy o' Kanji : 1740  Key to Kanji:

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ビョウ   なわ-    なえ seedling   
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デン   た rice field   
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