八 (bā) divide

Chinese name: 八

Pinyin: bā

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.

For example: 

  • 分(fēn): divide
  • 公(gōng): public (八means opposite, 厶means private, so the opposite of private is public)

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