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食 means 'eat; food'

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Strokes : 9    Radical number: 184    Frequency: 142   JLPT: N5    Usefulness: 1    Challenge set: 3    Grade: 2   Intermediate lesson: 3    Beginner lesson: 12   Begins 275 words   Used in 731 words   Used in 93 names   Component in 5 kanji (1 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ショク   ジキ
Kun
   food   べる to eat    to eat
Kun   らう   は
Name    ぐい
   (Chinese) 饣      𩙿  
variants look similar, but have different Unicode code points
⿱  𠆢 () man   good  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 食 is used 41 times, read 4 ways (with 1 variation).
Across all words in Japanese, 食 is used 674 times, read 5 ways (with 3 variations).
ショク : 430 words FIND ALL
noun
1. meal
2. to eat
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ジキ : 19 words FIND ALL
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ショク (read as しょっ) : 14 words FIND ALL
noun
tableware
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'u' godan verb, transitive verb
1. to eat  (male term or language)
2. to live; to make a living; to survive
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べる : 36 words FIND ALL
ichidan verb, transitive verb
1. to eat
2. to live on (e.g. a salary); to live off; to subsist on
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(read as ぐ) : 29 words FIND ALL
expression
thin person who eats a lot; big eater who stays thin  (see also: 痩せ)
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'su' godan verb, intransitive verb
to protrude; to stick out; to hang out; to jut out; to bulge out; to overflow; to be forced out; to be crowded out; to be pushed out; to exceed; to go over; to go beyond
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(read as ば) : 1 word FIND ALL
'mu' godan verb, intransitive verb
1. to be worm-eaten; to be eaten by worms
2. to affect adversely; to spoil; to ruin; to undermine; to gnaw at (one's heart, body, etc.); to eat into; to destroy
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Henshall: 163 (originally: 146)  Joy o' Kanji : 146  Key to Kanji: 561 

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ショク   ジキ    food   たべる to eat   く to eat   
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リョウ   よ good   
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ジン   ニン   ひと man   
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