麻 means 'flax' or 'flux'

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Strokes : 11    Radical number: 200    Frequency: 881   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-7    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 77 words   Used in 176 words   Used in 2195 names   Component in 23 kanji (5 Jōyō)
Jōyō (常用)
   あさ flax, hemp
On    マア
Name    あ   あざ   お
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 麻 - click the badge to download
This essay will be totally rad, man. That is, it's about 麻, which means "hemp" and can serve as the "hemp" radical. The essay presents Japanese terms for "marijuana" and other opiates, as well as "drug addiction," "torpor," "anesthetic," and "paralysis." Oh, and there's also talk of sesame seeds and brown-nosing.
See essay 1829 on 麻 (hemp; "hemp" radical) to learn about this shape. Although it doesn't serve as a radical in any Jōyō kanji besides 麻 itself, it's a component in a few Jōyō characters, enabling us to polish (磨: 1831) things gently or chafe (摩: 1830) them roughly.
⿸  广 stony cliff   wood; trees  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 麻 is used 4 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 麻 is used 155 times, read 3 ways (with 2 variations).
マ : 129 words FIND ALL
anaesthesia; anesthesia
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マア : 3 words FIND ALL
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mahjong; mah-jongg  (originally from Chinese)
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あさ : 20 words FIND ALL
1. cannabis (Cannabis sativa); hemp (plant)
2. hemp (fiber); linen; flax; jute
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あ: 1 word. FIND ALL
Aso Faction (of the LDP)
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お: 2 words. FIND ALL
ramie (Boehmeria nivea var. nipononivea)  (see also: ラミー; often written with kana only)
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An additional 21 less common words include 麻 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1829  Joy o' Kanji : 1829  Key to Kanji:

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マ   flax; flux   あさ flax, hemp   
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リン   wood; trees   はやし wood   
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モク   ボク   き    こ- tree   
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ダイ   タイ   おおきい big   おおいに very much   おお-    
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イチ   イツ   ひと    ひと- one   
ジン   ニン   ひと person   
stony cliff
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