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meaning: autumn

reading: シュウ(ジュウ)、あき
 

秋分の日(シュウブンのひ): Autumnal Equinox Day (22nd or 23rd September)
秋月(シュウゲツ): an autumn moon, a harvest moon
秋思(シュウシ): a melancholy mood (in autumn), somber thoughts
立秋(リッシュウ): the first day of autumn by the lunar calendar (around 7 August; summer greeting cards sent after this day should carry the greetings for 残暑(ざんしょ), not 暑中(しょちゅう))
初秋(ショシュウ): early autumn, the beginning of autumn
中秋の名月(チュウシュウのメイゲツ):  the mid-autumn full moon; the harvest moon

晩秋(バンシュウ): late autumn
 

秋(あき): autumn

秋晴れ(あきばれ): clear autumn sky
 

customary reading

秋刀魚(さんま): (fish) a Pacific saury
 
#秋 is made of #のぎへん(禾) and 火. 禾 suggests a connection with “grains” and 火 is for “fire” although the つくり (the right side) of 秋 was originally a much more complicated charachter meaning “to predict.”
In autumn, leaves look as if they are burning, so having 火 here makes sense to me even if kanji scholars may not agree with me.
 
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