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音読み  (おんよみ): イ
訓読 み (くんよみ): くらい
部首 (ぶしゅ):  亻 (にんべん)

Meaning: rank, grade

Notes: I’d never really noticed this kanji before studying it, but now that I’ve studied it, wow, it seems to show up all over the place!  I feel like I particularly noticed it on TV, where all the game shows and ranking shows seem to use it like this:

第一位

たいいちい
ranked 1st

グーグル(餃子部門)第一位?

「グーグル(餃子部門)第一位?」by Flickr member machu. (Original image here).

位=ぐらい

In looking over the examples of words that use くらい in them, it seems to be a real toss up as to when you pronounce it イ and when you pronounce it くらい or ぐらい.  Though くらい is the くんよみ, that doesn’t seem to matter. It seems to behave like an おんよみ.  This is troublesome.  I guess you just learn the words, and then you know when to say what…

 

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Kanji originally posted 2009.06.07

Part or all of English definition is from  KANJIDIC — property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group’s licenceDonate to the WWWJDIC project. Stroke order diagrams licensed from Kanji Cafe.
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Written by bunkalearner

2010/01/05 at 8:31 am

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