Chinese name: 工

Pinyin: gōng

English name: tool

Imagery: making a handicraft with tools

History of radical: This radical is called tool. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a workman’s multifunctional tool. Characters with this radical relate to tool or work. The Four Great inventions considered to be compass, gun powder, paper making, and printing.

For example:

  • 工 (gōng): worker
  • 巧 (qiǎo): skillful
  • 差 (chāi): an official position