阜 means 'hill'

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Strokes : 8    Radical number: 170    Frequency: 2075   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-40    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 2 words   Used in 6 words   Used in 66 names   Component in 2 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On    フウ
Name    おか
The origin of radical (hill)which typically appears on the left.
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 阜 - click the badge to download
Find out why Gifu Prefecture is considered the center of Japan and has been crucial as a crossroads. Learn about Gifu products, from paper umbrellas and lanterns to swords, plus UNESCO heritage sites and a well-preserved town on the Nakasendo. Also read about cormorants that catch and regurgitate fish for the imperial family to eat, a practice that inspired a famous artist.
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Prefectures Preserving the Past
媛 埼 栃 阜
All four kanji pop up in prefecture names, so these essays take us through four prefectures with scenic mountains, castles, connections to famous writers, and charming old architecture. Find out which city is known as Little Edo for its historic buildings and its traditional-looking warehouses, and see which location is known as Little Kyoto because it has retained its original appearance. Learn where traditional A-frame-like houses dominate the landscape, and discover a cultural theme park that re-creates the Edo era.
In Radical Note 163 on the 'right village' radical, we examined 阝 on the right side of a kanji. Here we look at it on the left, seeing how it almost always retains its etymological connection to 'hill.' That's true, for example, in (steep), (hinder), and (fall into).
⿱  𠂤 two mouths   ten  
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 () group   when appears on the right = group, when on the left = hill  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 阜 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 阜 is used 4 times, read 1 way.
フ : 4 words FIND ALL
Gifu (city)
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An additional ⻏ less common words include 阜 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2103  Key to Kanji:

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フ    hill   
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two mouths
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コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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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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