Chinese name: 八
English name: divide
Imagery: cut a melon in half
History of radical: This half and half radical is called divide and it can be placed at the top or bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of something that has been cut into two pieces. Characters with this radical relate to divide or opposite.
- 分(fēn): divide
- 公(gōng): public (八means opposite, 厶means private, so the opposite of private is public)