Chinese name: 火/灬

*灬is a common variation of 火 radical.


Pinyin: huǒ

English name: fire

Imagery: fire

History of radical: This radical is called fire. It is usually placed to the left or the bottom of a character but its variation 灬 is always placed to the bottom. In oracle bones it is a picture of flames. Characters with this radical relate to fire or burning.

For example:

Examples for 火:

  • 灭(miè): extinguish
  • 炒(chǎo): fry
  • 烟(yān):smoke; cigarette

Examples for 灬:

  • 热(rè): hot
  • 焦(jiāo): burnt
  • 熟(shú): cooked