Chinese name: 爪/爫

*爫is a common variation of 爪 radical.


Pinyin: zhuǎ

English name: claw

Imagery: a bird claw

History of radical: This radical is called claw. In oracle bones it is a picture of a bird claw. In fact, chicken claw is one of the most popular cold dishes in China. It is marinated in a sauce of rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and ginger. People also snack on chicken claws. Characters with this radical relate to claw and their movements.

For example:

Example for 爪:

  • 爬(pá): crawl; creep

Example for 爫:

  • 爱(ài): love