Chinese name: 匚

Pinyin: kuāng

English name: basket

Imagery: a basket

History of radical: This wicker radical is called basket and it is a semi enclosed structure with component inside. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a square bamboo basket for holding things. Characters with this radical relate to boxes or containers.

For example: 

  • 区 (ōu): an ancient container
  • 匣 (xiá): a wooden box
  • 匡 (kuāng): a bamboo basket