Chinese name: 弓

Pinyin: gōng

English name: bow

Imagery: a bow

History of radical: This radical is called bow and it is usually placed to the left or the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a bow. Character with this radical relate to bow or its feature.

For example: 

  • 弯(wān): bent
  • 弹(dàn): bullet; (tán): bounce. (*弹has two pronunciations)
  • 张(zhāng): open; draw; spread