Chinese name: 舌

Pinyin: shé

English name: tongue

Imagery: a tongue reaching out of an open mouth

History of radical: This radical is called tongue. In oracle bones it is a picture of a human or animal’s tongue reaching out of an open mouth. Characters with this radical relate to the tongue and its actions.

For example:

  • 舌(shé): tongue
  • 舔(tiǎn): lick
  • 甜(tián): sweet flavor