虍 (hū)tiger

Chinese name: 虍

Pinyin: hū

English name: tiger

Imagery: a striped tiger

History of radical: This radical is called tiger and it is always placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a striped tiger looking to the left. Characters with this radical either relate to tigers or borrow its pronunciation. The South China tiger is the most critically endangered species of tiger. There are less than 20 South China tigers left in the wild.

For example:

  • 虎(): tiger
  • 虚(): void; weak
  • 虑(): consider

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