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香 means 'fragrance'

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Strokes : 9    Radical number: 186    Frequency: 505   JLPT: N2    Usefulness: 4    Study set: 4-3    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: 37    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 65 words   Used in 171 words   Used in 4269 names   Component in 10 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
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   コウ   キョウ
Kun
   かお fragrance   かお to be fragrant    scent, odour
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Name    こ   こお   ひゃん   よし
  
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 香 - click the badge to download
With a plethora of photos, this essay shows how 香 conveys the scent of everything from coffee to flowers in signs from around the globe. This kanji also means "incense" (which has played an important role in Japanese culture and religion for centuries), as well as 'perfume' (which hasn't). On top of that, 香 factors into two notable place names and some food terms. It's even a radical!
Essay 1255 on 香 (fragrance; "perfume" radical) covers this shape, which doesn't appear in any Jōyō characters aside from 香 itself but smells really nice!
⿱   grain   sun; day  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 香 is used 5 times, read 2 ways. 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
Across all words in Japanese, 香 is used 149 times, read 4 ways (with 5 variations). 1 word uses a non-standard reading.
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コウ : 119 words FIND ALL
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perfume; fragrance; aroma; balm; sweet scent
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キョウ : 7 words FIND ALL
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lance  (see also: 香車; shogi term; abbreviation)
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コウ (read as ごう) : 1 word FIND ALL
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noun
portable incense burner (ball-shaped and carried in one's clothes)
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キョウ (read as ぎょう) : 1 word FIND ALL
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noun
court ladies' residence (in the inner Heian Palace)  (see also: 五舎)
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smell (esp. a good smell); fragrance; scent; aroma; perfume  (see also: 花の香; esp. 〜の香)
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かお : 5 words FIND ALL
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aroma; fragrance; scent; smell
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か (read as が) : 4 words FIND ALL
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noun
lingering scent
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かお (read as かおり) : 1 word FIND ALL
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noun
aroma; fragrance; scent; smell
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こ: 2 words. FIND ALL
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noun
pickled vegetables; pickles  (see also: お新香)
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Part of a non-standard reading: 1 word. FIND ALL
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noun
Hong Kong; Hongkong
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Henshall: 1255  Joy o' Kanji : 1255  Key to Kanji:

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コウ   キョウ   かお fragrance   かお to be fragrant   か scent, odour   
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grain
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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