Chinese radical show – “animal” radical (12)

Posted by Grace Feng on March 24, 2012

In this series you’ll meet Chinese radicals that frequently appear in Chinese characters. To make it simple for you to memorize, I’ll just simply make a beautiful card with the radical on it’s left, and one English word to explain what it symbolize on the right.

In Chinese, radical is called 部首 bù shǒu or 偏旁 piān páng. Today we’ll learn the radical that is related to “animal” –  犬 quǎn:

This radical was originated from character 犬 (dog). It is used to refer to an animal or animal related activities in a character. You’ll see it’s quite obvious that a character with this radical is mostly a kind of animal (mammal): 狗 gǒu (dog), 猫 māo (cat), 猪 zhū (pig), 猎 liè (hunting), 狼 láng (wolf) etc.

Chinese radical show – “animal” radical (12)


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