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Ateji (phonetic) reading
Out-dated kanji
Godan verb with 'ku' ending
Usually written using kana alone
to struggle, to wriggle, to squirm, to writhese débatre, se démener ?

Usually written using kana alone
to be impatient

ON: ソウKUN:
seaweed, duckweed

ON: ソウKUN: か.く
scratch, rake, comb, paddle, behead

ON: エン, オン, ワKUN: かが.む, もが.く
write, struggle, be impatient

Conjugated forms
Example sentences
その動物は檻から出ようともがいた。Parts: 其の (その), 動物 (どうぶつ), (おり), から, 出る (でる), 藻掻く (もがく)The animal struggled to get out of the cage.

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