Chinese radical show – “silk” radical (18)

Posted by Grace Feng on April 1, 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 “silk” – 丝 sī: 

Most characters that have this radical are related to materials, product or art work that are made of silk. The following are a few examples: 丝绸 sī chóu (silk), 线 xiàn (thread), 红 hóng (red (a color that  was frequently used for traditional silk dress)), 绿 lǜ (green (a color that  was frequently used for traditional silk dress)).

Chinese radical show – “silk” radical (18)


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