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苦 means 'bitter'

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Strokes : 8    Frequency: 466   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-12    Grade: 3   Intermediate lesson: 25    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 99 words   Used in 194 words   Used in 42 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   ク
Kun
   くるしい painful   くるしむ to suffer   くるしめる to torment   にが bitter   にが to feel bitter
Kun    -ぐるしい
⿱   () grass   old  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 苦 is used 12 times, read 3 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 苦 is used 180 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
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ク : 125 words FIND ALL
1
troubles; hardships
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ク (read as ぐ) : 3 words FIND ALL
2
noun
worry; care; anxiety
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にが : 25 words FIND ALL
0 3
1. poor (at); weak (in); not very good (at)
2. dislike (of); difficult to deal with
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くるしい : 22 words FIND ALL
3
1. painful; difficult; agonizing
2. needy; tight (budget); straitened (circumstances)  (see also: 苦しい懐)
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くるしい (read as ぐる) : 5 words FIND ALL
4
unsightly; ugly
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Henshall: 283 (originally: 264)  Joy o' Kanji : 264  Key to Kanji: 237 

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ク   くるしい painful   くるしむ to suffer   くるしめる to torment   にが bitter   にが to feel bitter   
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コ   ふる old   -ふる to grow old   
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ジュウ   ジッ   と    とお ten   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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grass   
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