鶴 means 'crane'

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Strokes : 21    Frequency: 1282   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-17    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 13 words   Used in 33 words   Used in 1215 names   Component in 1 kanji (0 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   つる crane
On    カク
Name    たず   ず   か   つ   づ
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Cranes once lived in large flocks in Japan but have since become scarce. By contrast, the image of the crane pops up everywhere. As a symbol of 'longevity' and 'good fortune,' this bird appears in proverbs, paintings, ceramics, poems, Noh dramas, songs, folktales, and even math problems! Find out about the significance of folded paper cranes and the true story of Sadako Sasaki.
⿰   () crane; flying bird   bird  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 鶴 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 鶴 is used 31 times, read 2 ways (with 2 variations).
カク : 5 words FIND ALL
looking forward to
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つる : 12 words FIND ALL
Most common form: つる
crane (any bird of the family Gruidae, esp. the red-crowned crane, Grus japonensis)
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つる (read as づる) : 13 words FIND ALL
common crane (Grus grus)  (often written with kana only)
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ず: 1 word. FIND ALL
crane  (see also: ; archaic)
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An additional 2 less common words include 鶴 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
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つる crane   
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crane; flying bird
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little bird
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cover; covered   
チョウ   とり bird   
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ハク   しろ white   しろ    しら-    
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katakana 'no'; whereupon; splitting away from
ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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