鯨 means 'whale'

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Strokes : 19    Frequency: 2223   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-42    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 20 words   Used in 69 words   Used in 60 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   くじら whale
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⿰   fish   capital  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 鯨 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 鯨 is used 63 times, read 2 ways.
ゲイ : 17 words FIND ALL
whaling; whale fishing
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くじら : 46 words FIND ALL
Most common form: クジラ
whale (Cetacea spp.)  (often written with kana only)
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An additional 6 less common words include 鯨 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1208  Joy o' Kanji : 1208  Key to Kanji:

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ゲイ   くじら whale   
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キョウ   ケイ    capital   
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ショウ   こ-    お-    ちいさい small   
コウ   ク   くち mouth   
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ギョ   さかな    うお fish   
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デン   た rice field   
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