Chinese name: 日


English name: sun

Imagery: sun

History of radical: This radical is called sun. In oracle bones it is a picture of a sun. It looks like a circle with a dot in the middle which refers to sunlight. Characters with this radical relate to the sun or time.

For example: 

  • 早(zǎo): morning
  • 明(míng): bright
  • 时(shí): time