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Kangxi Radicals

Chinese radicals are the parts of written Chinese characters and that may indicate the meaning and pronunciation of the word, and are used to locate the words in a dictionary. When the radical indicates the meaning of the word, it is often placed on the top or on the left side of the word, whereas when the radical is used to indicate the pronunciation, it is often found on the right or bottom of the word. Over 80% of Chinese characters are like this, with one component of the word indicating a meaning and another component suggesting the sound. Knowing these radicals will help you more easily break down and recognise these complex logograms. Click on the radical to see examples of words using it.

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Position Radical PinyinMeaningPosition Radical PinyinMeaning
1one2gǔnline
3zhǔdot4丿piěslash
5second6juéhook
7èrtwo8tóulid
9rénman10érlegs
11enter12eight
13jiōngdown box14cover
15bīngice16table
17open box18dāoknife
19power20bāowrap
21spoon22fāngright open box
23hiding enclosure24shíten
25divination26jiéseal
27hàncliff28private
29yòuagain30kǒumouth
31wéienclosure32earth
33shìscholar34zhǐgo
35suīgo slowly36evening
37big38woman
39child40miánroof
41cùninch42xiǎosmall
43wānglame44shīcorpse
45chèsprout46shānmountain
47chuānriver48gōngwork
49oneself50jīnturban
51gāndry52yāoshort thread
53广guǎngdotted cliff54yǐnlong stride
55gǒngtwo hands56shoot
57gōngbow58snout
59shānbristle60chìstep
61xīnheart62halberd
63door64shǒuhand
65zhībranch66rap
67wénscript68dǒudipper
69jīnaxe70fāngsquare
71not72sun
73yuēsay74yuèmoon
75tree76qiànlack
77zhǐstop78dǎideath
79shūweapon80do not
81compare82máofur
83shìclan84steam
85shuǐwater86huǒfire
87zhǎoclaw88father
89yáodouble x90qiánghalf tree trunk
91piànslice92fang
93niúcow94quǎndog
95xuánprofound96jade
97guāmelon98tile
99gānsweet100shēnglife
101yònguse102tiánfield
103bolt of cloth104sickness
105dotted tent106báiwhite
107skin108mǐndish
109eye110máospear
111shǐarrow112shístone
113shìspirit114róutrack
115grain116xuécave
117stand118zhúbamboo
119rice120silk
121fǒujar122wǎngnet
123yángsheep124feather
125lǎoold126érand
127lěiplow128ěrear
129brush130ròumeat
131chénminister132self
133zhìarrive134jiùmortar
135shétongue136chuǎnoppose
137zhōuboat138gēnstopping
139color140cǎograss
141tiger142chónginsect
143xuèblood144xíngwalk enclosure
145clothes146west
147jiànsee148jiǎohorn
149yánspeech150valley
151dòubean152shǐpig
153zhìbadger154bèishell
155chìred156zǒurun
157foot158shēnbody
159chēcart160xīnbitter
161chénmorning162chuòwalk
163city164yǒuwine
165biàndistinguish166village
167jīngold168chánglong
169méngate170mound
171slave172zhuīshort-tailed bird
173rain174qīngblue
175fēiwrong176miànface
177leather178wéitanned leather
179jiǔleek180yīnsound
181leaf182fēngwind
183fēifly184shíeat
185shǒuhead186xiāngfragrant
187horse188bone
189gāotall190biāohair
191dòufight192chàngsacrificial wine
193cauldron194guǐghost
195fish196niǎobird
197salt198鹿deer
199màiwheat200hemp
201huángyellow202shǔmillet
203hēiblack204zhǐembroidery
205mǐnfrog206dǐngtripod
207drum208shǔrat
209nose210even
211齿chǐtooth212lóngdragon
213guīturtle214yuèflute