Chinese name: 宀

Pinyin:mián

English name: roof

Imagery: a roof with a chimney

History of radical: This radical is called roof and it’s always placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a house. Character with this radical relate to houses.

For example:

  • 家 (jiā): home
  • 宫 (gōng): palace
  • 客 (kè): guest