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鹿 means 'deer'

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Strokes : 11    Radical number: 198    Frequency: 1022   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-10    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 31 words   Used in 141 words   Used in 1448 names   Component in 51 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   しか deer   
On    ロク
Name    しし
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 鹿 - click the badge to download
In parts of Japan (e.g., in Nara and Miyajima), deer are quite visible - so much so that oblivious people can't see the mountains for the deer, figuratively speaking. Because it's half of 鹿 (fool), this new Joyo kanji enables us to ridicule idiots (who have a contagious and incurable condition, by the way). As both a radical and an autonomous kanji, 鹿 appears in the names of several animals.
Essay 2025 on 鹿 (deer; 'deer' radical) covers this radical, which practically disappears in (1926: companion, lovely) and (2108: foot of a mountain), the only two Jōyō kanji in which it plays a part (besides 鹿 itself).
⿸  广 stony cliff  ⿱   (西) west   compare  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 鹿 is used 1 time, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 鹿 is used 125 times, read 3 ways (with 3 variations).
Note: kanji quick view shows the most useful word for each reading which is also the most common variant, and in the 10,000 most useful words in Japanese. Words shown here draw from all words in Japanese and include less common forms.
ロク : 3 words FIND ALL
deer raised upon the grounds of a shrine (who serve as messengers of the gods)
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か : 81 words FIND ALL
absurd; ridiculous; silly; ludicrous; nonsensical; asinine; foolish  (often written with kana only)
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しか : 18 words FIND ALL
0 2
deer (esp. the sika deer, Cervus nippon)
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しか (read as じか) : 17 words FIND ALL
sika deer (Cervus nippon); sika; spotted deer; Japanese deer  (often written with kana only)
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か (read as が) : 2 words FIND ALL
1 0
doe (female deer)  (see also: 牡鹿)
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しし: 4 words. FIND ALL
1. branch-twined hedge around a field to keep out wild boars and deer
2. abatis
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Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2025  Key to Kanji:

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さじ spoon   
stony cliff
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