Today’s second #kanji is #州. It has one short stroke next to each stroke of #川, so this character’s original meaning should have something to do with a river!

Meaning: a sandbar, a state, a continent

Reading: シュウ、す

州(シュウ): a state, a province
州立(シュウリツ)(の): state-run, county-run
xx州(xxシュウ): the state of xx
九州(キュウシュウ): Kyushu (the 3rd biggest island of Japan)
欧州(オウシュウ): Europe
豪州(ゴウシュウ): Australia

州(す): a sandbar, a sandbank
三角州(サンカク): a delta


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