鎌 means 'sickle'

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Strokes : 18    Frequency: 1461   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-22    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 31 words   Used in 43 words   Used in 337 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   かま a sickle
On    レン   ケン
Name    かた   かね
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You may not need to talk about sickles, but knowing 鎌 helps you discuss crescent-shaped things; the “hammer and sickle” flag; sickle-wielding weasels; certain weapons; and Kamakura, a city where armies once battled for control of Japan. Kamakura is also associated with a giant Buddha, pigeon-shaped cookies, a painful part of canine history, and a word for “emergency.”
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Power Centers
京 鎌 畿 阪
Kyoto, Tokyo, Kamakura, Nara, and Osaka have, at various times, been the centers of political power in Japan, three serving as national capitals. These cities teem with history, some of it violent, thanks to battles for ascendancy centuries ago. Those vying for power even turned several temples into political strongholds. Nowadays, the cities pride themselves on culinary specialties, striking architecture, regional products, and prominent temples (one with a gigantic Buddha statue). Proverbs and stereotypes reveal the distinctive personality traits associated with each location.
Making the Rounds
傘 浜 鎌 梨
All four kanji symbolize curving objects that have inspired fascinating creative leaps. Umbrella designs made people connect 傘 with domes, mushroom caps, snake eyes, and swords. Land and sea meet in a curvy line, so 浜 helps represent "wavy design" in everything from raked gravel to furniture to dog dishes. As "sickle," 鎌 drives words for crescent-shaped things (e.g., hamachi kama, curving ridges, a dolphin fin, and a dental tool). And the pear influences terms for pear-shaped islands and certain rounded body parts.
⿰   gold   double  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 鎌 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 鎌 is used 36 times, read 1 way (with 1 variation).
かま : 30 words FIND ALL
1. sickle
2. sickle-and-chain (weapon)  (see also: 鎖鎌; abbreviation)
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かま (read as がま) : 6 words FIND ALL
grass sickle  (see also: 草刈鎌; obscure term)
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An additional 7 less common words include 鎌 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 1980  Key to Kanji:

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かま a sickle   
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ケン   double   かねる to be unable to; to double up as   
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キン   コン   かね gold; money   
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
オウ    king   
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ド   ト   ground; earth   つち ground, earth, soil   
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