菊 means 'chrysanthemum'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1292   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-17    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 30 words   Used in 79 words   Used in 623 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
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Chrysanthemums are all-important in Japan. The imperial chrysanthemum seal pops up on coins, passports, and battleships. People eat these flowers, drink them, and dress dolls with them. There are mum festivals and a chrysanthemum month. We find 菊 in the names of movies, animals, and a stone. It has worked its way into folklore and is even in slang for a body part!
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Flower Power
菊 丹 梗 藤
In this bouquet of essays, flowers represent far more than beauty. Those showcased here (including the Chinese bellflower of the 梗 essay and the tree peony of the 丹 essay) symbolize everything from the emperor, nobility, and wealth to honor, love, and feminine beauty. The Japanese also associate some of these flowers with hardiness or with grief. People celebrate them in family crests, at festivals, with dolls, and in a range of artistic creations. Supposedly, the flowers even confer health benefits—curing headaches, cooling and invigorating the blood, and removing phlegm.
⿱   () grass   wrapped-up rice  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 菊 is used 2 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 菊 is used 68 times, read 1 way (with 2 variations).
キク (read as ぎく) : 35 words FIND ALL
white chrysanthemum
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キク : 30 words FIND ALL
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Most common form: きく
chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
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キク (read as きっ) : 3 words FIND ALL
Order of the Chrysanthemum
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An additional 11 less common words include 菊 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
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キク    chrysanthemum   
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wrapped-up rice
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ベイ   マイ   こめ rice   
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モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
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