Why is a reading sometimes grayed out?

For example for the kanji mother 母 (https://www.wanikani.com/kanji/母) the On-Yomi reading is greyed out.

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I think it’s just WaniKani’s way of telling you which is the most common reading.
(Or the reading they want you to input, but the other ones are also valid.)

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Yeah, that’s one you’re not going to use for a good long while. I think (coincidentally), I just saw the ぼ reading for the first time on level 32, 祖母. Don’t spend any energy learning that one (yet).

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航空母艦 is a cool word.

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I believe the grayed-out reading is the one that they don’t teach with the kanji. The one that isn’t grayed-out is the one that they do teach with the kanji. The grayed-out ones still appear in vocab, but they aren’t taught with the kanji itself.

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