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REI

kobo(reru)

meaning: zero, tiny, fall

零時 == reiji == (noun) midnight
零細 == reisai == (noun, adjective that takes な) insignificant, trifling, paltry




Top radical is 'rain' (雨). Bottom radical is 'order' (令) which acts phonetically to express 'fall'. Thus, 'rainfall'. The ideas of 'tiny' and 'zero' apparently arose from the smallness of raindrops. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Order rainfall to be zero.'

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

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