Chinese name: 戈

Pinyin: gē

English name: spear

Imagery: a spear

History of radical: The radical is called halberd. In oracle bones it is a picture of an ancient Chinese weapon called a halberd. The Chinese halberd is similar to a spear, but with small blades on one end. Characters with this radical relate to weapons and war.

For example: 

  • 战(zhàn): war
  • 戳(chuō): jab; poke