艹 (cǎo) grass

Chinese name: 艹

Pinyin: cǎo

English name: grass

Imagery: grass

History of radical: This vibrant radical is called grass and it is always placed at the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of two blades of grass. Characters with this radical relate to plants and their odors or colors.

For example:

  • 芬 (fēn): fragrance
  • 茶 (chá): tea
  • 花 (huā): flower

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