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龍 means 'dragon' and is a variant of

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Strokes : 16    Radical number: 212    Frequency: 1200   Usefulness: 6    Study set: 6-1    Grade: 10   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 13 words   Used in 43 words   Used in 1127 names   Component in 35 kanji (2 Jōyō)
Jinmeiyō (人名用)
On
   リュウ
Kun
   たつ dragon
On    リョウ   ロウ
Name    りゅ
The right side of this kanji (described as 'serpent' in the mnemonic) does not exist as an independent kanji - it only appears in this kanji, and this kanji is actually itself a radical, despite its complex form. In the simplified form, , it has been modified to something closer to .
 stand   month; moon  
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 dragon  
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龍 is not used in the most common form of any of the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese.
Across all words in Japanese, 龍 is used 34 times, read 2 ways.
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リュウ : 29 words FIND ALL
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Most common form:
noun
1. dragon (esp. a Chinese dragon)  (see also: ドラゴン)
2. naga; semi-divine human-cobra chimera in Hindu and Buddhist mythology
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リョウ : 5 words FIND ALL
noun
1. blue dragon  (see also: 青竜)
2. Azure Dragon (god said to rule over the eastern heavens)  (see also: 青竜)
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リュウ   たつ dragon   
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リツ   リュウ   た to stand   たてる to build   
ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
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