Chinese name: 子


English name: baby

Imagery: a baby girl

History of radical: This radical is called baby. In oracle bones it is a picture of a baby wrapped up in a quilt with its arms reaching out. Characters with this radical relate to offspring. Traditionally, a red egg and ginger party is held to celebrate a newborn baby’s one month birthday. Party guests are presented with red eggs, which symbolise luck and unity, and pickled ginger, which brings the body back into balance after childbirth.

For example: 

  • 孩(hái): kid
  • 孝(xiào): filial
  • 孕(yùn): pregant