Chinese name: 土

Pinyin: tǔ

English name: earth

Imagery: a pile of mud

History of radical: This muddy radical is called earth and it is usually placed to the left or at the bottom of a character. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a big mound of earth. Characters with this radical relate to earth or soil.

For example: 

  • 场 (chǎng): a public area
  • 坐 (zuò): sit
  • 地 (dì): floor, ground