Chinese name: ⺮

Pinyin: zhú

English name: bamboo

Imagery: two bamboo stalks

History of radical: This radical is called bamboo and it is always placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of two bamboo stalks with branches on either side. Characters with this radical relate to bamboo or items made of bamboo.

For example: 

  • 竿(gān): rod
  • 笛(dí): flute
  • 箱(xiāng): case, box