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READING  クツ、ほ-る
MEANING  dig
JLPT level N2 (full info & stroke order)
 
Words/compounds
はっくつ
excavation, exhumation, discovery (e.g. new talent)
さいくつ
mining, mine
しくつ
prospecting, trial digging
いどほり
well digging, well digger
ぼけつをほる
to bring calamity upon oneself, to put your foot in it
 
Example sentences
発掘
新しい遺跡で未発掘はいくつだったのですか。
How many new sites were uncovered?
採掘
採掘が爆発した時、中には誰もいなかった。
There was no one in the mine when it blew up.
試掘
彼らは石油を目当てに土地を試掘している。
They are boring the ground for oil.
井戸掘り
彼の仕事は井戸掘りからゴミの処理にまで及ぶ。
His tasks range from digging wells to getting rid of garbage.
 
Lookalikes
 
クツ 
yield
 
クツ 
cavern
 
ほり 
ditch
 
す-える、す-わる 
set
 
ヘイ 
fence
 
アク、にぎ-る 
grip