Chinese name: 肉

Pinyin: ròu

English name: meat

Imagery: a large piece of meat

History or radical: This radical is called meat and it is always placed to the bottom of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a large piece of meat. Characters with this radical relate to meat. In traditional Chinese culture, expensive meat dishes are usually served to show respect to the guests. Being able to eat expensive meat also represent one’s wealth and high social economic status.

For example:

  • 腐(fǔ): rotten