Chinese name: 歹

Pinyin: dǎi

English name: evil

Imagery: a skull and bones

History of radical: This radical is called evil and it is always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of carcass with crack. Characters with this radical relate to death and back luck.

For example: 

  • 死(): die
  • 残(cán): handicapped
  • 殉(xùn): sacrifice one’s life for something