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Harrowing scenes from Ukraine continue to make headlines as Russia shows no signs of stopping its march into the independent nation. That has meant a lot of coverage on the news and a lot of new vocabulary.

The first kanji you might be noticing more is 露 (tsuyu/ro/). The character represents “dew,” “tears” and “exposure,” and you may have seen it in words like 露見 (roken, discovery [of a plot/misdeed]) or 披露宴 (hirōen, reception [for weddings]). However, this kanji also represents “Russia.”

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