葛 means 'arrowroot'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1657   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-28    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 17 words   Used in 37 words   Used in 385 names   Component in 4 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   くず arrowroot, kudzu
On    カチ
Kun    つづら
Name    か   かず   かずら   かっ   かつら
The official form uses (person) and 𠃊 (shelf) in the lower component (beggar). Some fonts display (spoon) instead, i.e. the simplified form used in (fragrant) and (brown).
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Learn about a vine that has enhanced Japanese life. People use its root to thicken dishes, particularly desserts that turn out to be healthy, and to help cure fevers, hangovers, colds, and more. The fiber of the 葛 vine goes into fusuma screens and scrolls, and a word including 葛 plays a role in a famous folktale. There’s much more to tell you, but doing so would give away three quiz answers!
⿱   () grass   what  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 葛 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 葛 is used 30 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
カツ (read as かっ) : 3 words FIND ALL
conflict; complication; troubles; discord
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くず : 9 words FIND ALL
kudzu (Pueraria montana); Japanese arrowroot
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つづら : 6 words FIND ALL
1. umbrella term for plants with vines that grow in the mountains, especially Chinese moonseed (Sinomenium acutum)  (usually 葛)
2. wicker clothes hamper, especially one made from Chinese moonseed  (usually 葛籠)
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かずら: 12 words. FIND ALL
Asiatic jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum); Asian jasmine  (often written with kana only)
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An additional 7 less common words include 葛 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1974  Key to Kanji:

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カツ   くず arrowroot, kudzu   
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なに what? why? where?   
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ジン   ニン   ひと person   
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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