Chinese name: 力

Pinyin: lì

English name: power

Imagery: a strong arm

History of radical: This muscular radical is called power and it is usually placed to the left or at the bottom of a character. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a strong arm. Ancient farmers got strong armer from working in the rice fields all day. Characters with this radical relate to power or strength.

For example: 

  • 动 (dòng): move
  • 劳 (láo): work hard
  • 勇 (yǒng): courage