Chinese name: 月

Pinyin: yuè

English name: moon; flesh

Imagery: a half moon; a piece of meat


History of radical: This radical has two different meanings depending on which side of the character it is placed to. When it is on the right of a character, it is called a moon. In oracle bones it is a picture of a half moon. Characters with this radical relate to the moon. When it is on the left, it is called the flesh. Characters with this radical relate to flesh or body organs

For example:

  • 朗(lǎng): bright; light
  • 望(wàng): gaze into the distance
  • 胖(pàng): fat
  • 胸(xiōng): chest; lung