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KA


meaning: few, minimum, widow

多寡 == taka == (noun) quantity, number, amount
寡黙 == kamoku == (noun, adjective that takes な) silent [person], shy


The old form of this character shows the 'house/roof' radical (top element), a 'face' pictograph, and 'divide' (分), indicating 'person divided from others and alone in a house'. It originally referred to a widow. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic:  'Few smiles on face of widow in divided house.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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