Chinese name: 寸

Pinyin: cùn

English name: inch

Imagery: taking someone’s pulse

History of radical: This pulsating radical is called inch. It is usually placed to the right or the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a wrist and the vein where a pulse is taken. The distance between the wrist and this vein is a unit of measurement in China. Characters with this radical relate to hand or units of measurement.

For example: 

  • 对 (duì): right; check
  • 导 (dǎo): guide
  • 射 (shè): shoot