Chinese name: 士

Pinyin: shì

English name: male soldier

Imagery: a soldier holding a crossbow

History of radical: This radical is called soldier. In oracle bones, it is a picture of a strong man holding a weapon in both hands. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, began the construction of the Terracotta army in 246BC. Since the discovery of the army, more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots and 670 horses have been uncovered. Characters with this radical relate to males.

For example:

  • 壮(zhuàng): strong
  • 壳 (): shell