木 (mù)wood

Chinese name: 木

Pinyin: mù

English name: wood

Imagery: a tree

History of radical: This radical is called wood. In oracle bones it is a picture of a big tree. Characters with this radical relate to trees or wooden items. China has a time-honored history of wood carving. It can be generally divided into three-dimensional carving, root carving, and relief. The earliest existing wood carving is made during the Warring State about 3000 years ago.

For example: 

  • 树(shù): tree
  • 柴(chái): firewood
  • 枝(zhī): twig

 

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