the number 9

(strong)
★★★★★
2 strokes
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九's ONYOMI is pronounced 'kyuu'- the same as the ONYOMI of 苦しい (くるしい), which means 'suffering'. So it's sometimes considered an unlucky number. (See also the number 4 (四), which sounds like 'death')

Onyomi

KYUU, KU

You've got 9 cute teeth in your KUchi (口=mouth)

Mnemonic

Looks like strong (力), but the right side is curled up like a fish-hook.
So you can say,
She has 9 FISH-HOOKS in her back.

Kunyomi

ここの*つ 9 things
★★★★★

Jukugo

九時(くじ)

9 o'clock ★★★★★ KANA
(the number 9) + (time) = 九時 (9 o'clock)

九月(くがつ)

September ★★★★★ KANA
(the number 9) + (moon) = 九月 (September)

九日(ここのか)

9th day of the month ★★★☆☆ FP
(the number 9) + (sun, day) = 九日 (9th day of the month )

Lookalikes

Meaning Hint Radical
sword NO HEAD
strong HEAD
the number 9 HOOK ON BOTTOM

"I got the STRENGTH to lift the sword UP OVER MY HEAD ."
She hung suspended from 9 HOOKS in her back.

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