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I'm working on another kanji riddle. 澤 has a kunyomi of うるお (followed by い or す). I've been digging around to try to figure out what this adjective(?) means. Swamp-like? Is this word the same as 潤い? If so, is using 澤 instead of 潤 an older/deprecated usage? Finally, is 澤い even a commonly used word?

Oh, and I should add it also has a reading of つや. I don't know what that means either.

Thanks in advance...

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My impression is that the older form 澤 is mostly used in names, while in regular words 沢 is more common. –  snailboat Feb 14 at 4:43

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The sense of うるおい (which is a noun) that 沢 (or 澤) has is that of abundance, as in 沢山【たくさん】, 潤沢【じゅんたく】, or 贅沢【ぜいたく】; and the sense of うるおす that it has is that of favouring or blessing, as in 恩沢【おんたく】or 恵沢【けいたく】.

The sense of つや that 沢 has is that of glossiness, as in 光沢【こうたく】 or 色沢【しきたく】.

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