Chinese name: 龙

Pinyin: lóng

English name: dragon

Imagery: dragon

History of radical: This radical is called dragon. In oracle bones it is a picture of a dragon. Characters with this radical usually borrow its sound “ong”. 龙 can also be used as an independent character.

For example:

  • 龚(gōng): a family name
  • 笼(lóng): cage