Chinese name: 贝

Pinyin: bèi

English name: shell

Imagery: shellfish

History of radical: This radical is called shell. It is usually placed to the left or the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a cowry shell. Shells were used as money in ancient China. Characters with this radical relate to money or trade.

For example: 

  • 财(cái): wealth
  • 赌(dǔ): gamble
  • 账(zhàng): account