Chinese name: 王

Pinyin: wáng

English name: king

Imagery: qin shi huang (the first emperor of a unified China)

History of radical: This radical is called king and it is always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of the heaven, people and the earth with the king connecting them all. This radical also has got a variation “玉” which is the same shape with an extra dot added to the bottom right corner. It represents three pieces of jade on a string. Characters with this radical relate to jade and jewelry.

For example: 

  • 珍(zhēn): precious
  • 环(huán): ring
  • 珠(zhū): bead