Chinese name: 牛

Pinyin:niú

English name: ox

Imagery: an ox

History of radical: This radical is called ox and it is usually placed to the left or at the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a buffalo’s head with long bent horns. Characters with this radical relate to cows, farming or sacrifice.

For exmaple: 

  • 牲(shēng): livestock
  • 牵(qiān): pull