米(mǐ)rice

Chinese meaning: 米

Pinyin: mǐ

English meaning: rice

Imagery: a stem of rice

History of radical: This radical is called rice and it is usually placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of scattered rice grains surrounding a stem. In seal characters in starts to resemble a plant. Characters with this radical relate to rice and its product. Two most popular South Chinese rice dishes are fried rice and congee. People in the north eat noodles and steamed buns more frequently.

For example: 

  • 粉(fěn): powder
  • 粥(zhōu): rice porridge
  • 糖(táng): sugar

 

2 Comments

    1. The character 粉(fěn) means powder in general and it can collocate with other characters to form new phrases. For example, 奶milk+粉powder=milk powder; 洗衣laundry+粉powder=washing powder; Likewise, 米rice+粉powder=rice noodles, since the process of making Chinese rice noodles including soaking rice and grinding the rice into rice powder before heating and molding.

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