chamber, room; cluster; tuft; tassel; cell
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Because 房 has many disparate definitions, one can't immediately see how they connect. The key is to think of the small spaces you get by dividing a big space several ways. The heart divides into 4 chambers. An orange splits into equal sections. A prison has many small cells. The 房 kanji covers all these meanings and more, including associations with wives and sex.
Dec. 15, 2012: Fixed a typo on page 14 in the photo caption. In terms of yomi, this is correct: 厳選 (げんせん: careful selection).