Chinese name: 示/礻

*礻is a common variation of 示 radical.

show showV

Pinyin: shì

English name: show

Imagery: animal sacrifice on a table

History of radical: This radical is called show and it is usually placed to the bottom of a character. Its variation 礻 is usually placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of an alter table that is used to show offerings for the gods and ancestors. Characters with this radical relate to show and demonstrate.

For example:

Examples for 示:

  • 祭(): offer a sacrifice
  • 票(piào): ticket

Examples for 礻:

  • 视(shì): visual
  • 神(shén): god