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tsu(ru), tsu(ri)

meaning: fish, lure, change

お釣 == otsuri == (noun) change [money], balance
釣り堀 == tsuribori == (noun) fish pond

Left radical is 'metal' (金). Right radical is 'ladle/measure' (勺), acting phonetically to express 'catch/snare'. To 'catch with metal [hook]' is to fish. How the meaning of 'cash/change' developed is not known. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Fish with ladle-like metal hook.'

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

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