Chinese name: 欠

Pinyin: qiàn

English name: yawn

Imagery: a person yawning

History of radical: This radical is called yawn and it is always placed to the right of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a kneeling man facing the left yawning deeply. Characters with this radical relate to exhaling.

For example:

  • 欢(huān): happy; cheer
  • 歌(): song;
  • 歇(xiē): rest