Is there a term for being able to understand a Kanji meaning, but unable to pronounce it in Japanese?

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I believe there is no single-word term for this. There is a word 難読語【なんどくご】 that means "hard-to-read word", but it doesn't mean "being able to understand its meaning". You can say something like 意味は分かるけど読めない. (Even native speakers encounter such examples often!)

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