Chinese name: 口

Pinyin: kǒu

English name: mouth

Imagery: a square mouth

History of radical: This widely open radical is called mouth. In oracle bones it is a picture of an open mouth. Characters with this radical relate to the mouth and its actions.

For example: 

  • 叫 (jiào): shout; call
  • 吃 (chī): eat
  • 吹 (chuī): blow