Chinese name: 女

Pinyin:nǚ

English name: female

Imagery: a female red guard

History of radical: This radical is called female and it is always placed to the left or the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a woman kneeling on the ground with her hands crossed. Characters with this radical relate to women.

For example: 

  • 妻(qī): wife
  • 妹(mèi): younger sister
  • 姐(jiě): elder sister