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meaning: pivot, door

中枢 == chuusu == (noun) center, pivot, mainstay, nucleus, backbone, central figure, pillar, key man
枢要 ==  suuyou == (noun, adjective that takes な) importance

Left radical is 'wood/tree' (木). Right radical is 'ward/section' (区), which acts phonetically to express 'important'. This character originally signified a door pivot mechanism (originally wooden). Its meanings have since broadened. As in English, 'pivot' came to signify 'important', cf. the English word 'pivotal'. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Pivot is important section of wooden door.'

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

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