Chinese name: 大

Pinyin: dà

English name: big

Imagery: a giant

History of radical: This radical is called big. In oracle bones it is a picture of a giant man stretching his arms and legs. Pangu the giant is a prominent figure in Chinese mythology. He seperated the chaotic world into the heaven and the earth with a chisel and hammer. Characters with this radical relate to big or human activities.

For example:

  • 天 (tiān): sky
  • 头 (tóu): head
  • 奔 (bēn): run quickly