Chinese name: 西/覀

*覀is a common variation of 西


Pinyin: xī

English name: west

Imagery: a bird perching in the bird nest

History of radical: 西 is an independent character and its variation 覀 is always used as a radical and placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a bird perching in the bird nest. It returns to its nest when the sun sets in the west.

For example:

  • 要(yào): want
  • 覆(): cover