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Today’s second #kanji is #字. #子(こ/a child)is hiding under #うかんむり(宀).
Year 1’s in Japan learn its onyomi (originally Chinese reading)  and this usage is seen everywhere but its kunyomi (originally Japanese reading) usage is quite rare and is not taught until junior high school.

Meaning: a letter, to nurture

Reading: ジ、あざ
 

字(ジ): a letter, a character
字典(ジテン): a kanji dictionary (this is different from an ordinary dictionary, 辞典(ジテン).)
文字(モジ): a letter
漢字(カンジ): a kanji, a Chinese character (used in the Japanese language)
英字(エイジ): an English letter
習字(シュウジ): penmanship, calligraphy

名字(ミョウジ): a family name, a surname (sometimes written as 苗字)
 

<difficult reading>
字(あざな): a pseudonym, another name, an alias, a nickname
字(あざ): aza, an administrative designation of small sections into which some of the rural districts of Japan are divided
大字(おおあざ):  one of the administrative units forming a chou (町) or mura (村) in some districts, and consisting of smaller koaza (小字).

小字(こあざ): a subsection of a village
 

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