Chinese radical show – “grass” radical (11)

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 “grass” – 草 cǎo:

Most characters that have this radical are related to grass, herbs and plants. It’s quite straight forward to figure this out by looking at the following examples:   花 huā (flower), cài (vegetable), (Chrysanthemum), yào (medicine, herbal medicine in ancient times)

Chinese radical show – “grass” radical (11)


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2 Responses to “Chinese radical show – “grass” radical (11)”

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    04-13-2012 7:11 am

    Why does the image look like there is two separate plus signs? It should be 3 strokes, right? Not 4 strokes?

    By the way.. GREAT website.. Jiaoyou! :)



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      04-13-2012 5:06 pm

      Hi Dincer?

      Strickly speaking, it is 3 strokes, it’s just the font I’m using is actually one type of calligraphy of Chinese character. It can be written that way in calligraphy. In general handwriting, 3 strokes is more efficient.

      Thanks asking for clarification, hope it clears other readers’ doubts as well.



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