Chinese name: 片

Pinyin:piàn

English name: slice

Imagery: a tool peeling a log

History of radical: This radical is called slice and it is always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a log sliced in half. You can see the branches on the right side. Characters with this radical relate to slice.

For example: 

  • 牌(pái): tablet, brand
  • 版(bǎn): printing block; edition