Chinese radical show – “cave” radical (46)

Posted by Grace Feng on September 14, 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 “cave“:

Chinese radical show – “cave” radical (46)

Most characters that have this radical are somewhat connected to “cave” in one way or another. The following are a few examples:  穴 xué (cave [the original character of the radical]), 穷 qióng (poor [doing labour work and living in a cave]) , 空 kōng (empty [cave is an empty enclusure]), 帘 lián (drapery [a piece of cloth used as the door of the cave]) etc.

Chinese radical show – “cave” radical (46)


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