Chinese name: 囗

Pinyin: wéi

English name: enclosure

Imagery: city wall

History of radical: This defensive radical is called enclosure which surrounds other components. In oracle bones it is a picture of a city wall. City walls were vital in ancient China to keep out the warring hordes. Characters with this radical relate to enclosure.

For example:

  • 囚 (qiú): prisoner
  • 国 (guó): country
  • 团 (tuán): gather; round