Chinese name: 耂

Pinyin: lǎo

English name: old

Imagery: an old man holding a stick

History of radical: This radical is called old and it is always placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of an old man with a hunched back, long thin hair and a walking stick. Characters with this radical relate to the old.

For example:

  • 老(lǎo): old
  • 考(kǎo): examine, check