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西 means 'west'

Animation / stroke order not available.
Strokes : 6    Radical number: 146    Frequency: 291   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 4    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 4    Beginner lesson: 16   Begins 161 words   Used in 233 words   Used in 10199 names   Component in 135 kanji (17 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   セイ   サイ
   にし west
Name    いり   ひし   むら
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 西 is used 20 times, read 3 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 西 is used 197 times, read 3 ways (with 3 variations).
セイ : 133 words FIND ALL
the west; Western countries
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サイ : 16 words FIND ALL
1. Kansai; region consisting of Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto and surrounding prefectures
2. Kansai; south-western half of Japan (during the feudal era)
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サイ (read as ざい) : 8 words FIND ALL
1. east and west
2. Orient and Occident; East and West
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セイ (read as ぜい) : 1 word FIND ALL
Chinzei sect (of Pure Land Buddhism)
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にし : 38 words FIND ALL
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いり: 1 word. FIND ALL
Iriomote wildcat (Prionailurus bengalensis iriomotensis); Iriomote cat  (often written with kana only)
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Henshall: 169 (originally: 152)  Joy o' Kanji : 152  Key to Kanji: 607 

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Search results include information from a variety of sources, including Kanshudo (kanji mnemonics, kanji readings, kanji components, vocab and name frequency data, grammar points), JMdict (vocabulary), Tatoeba (examples), Enamdict (names), KanjiVG (kanji animations and stroke order), and Joy o' Kanji (kanji and radical synopses). Translations provided by Google's Neural Machine Translation engine. For more information see credits.