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meaning: fief, clan, fence

藩主 == hanshu == (noun)  feudal lord, daimyo
藩閥 == hanbatsu == (noun) clanship, clannism, clan favoritism

Top radical is 'grass/plants'. The bottom elements are a character found only in Chinese, which here acts phonetically to mean 'fence'. It is comprised of a radical form of 'water', and 'turn/number' (番). This character originally referred to a brushwood fence around farmland; its current meanings of 'fief' and the 'clan' associated with that fief are extensions. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Clan takes turns to use grass and water of fief.'

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

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