Chinese meaning: 羽

Pinyin: yǔ

English meaning: feather

Imagery: feather

History of radical: This radical is called feather. In oracle bones it is a picture of two plumes of feathers. Characters with this radical relate to birds, wings and its actions. In China, children play a traditional and still popular game called jiàn zi in which players keep a shuttlecock in the air by using their feet.

For example: 

  • 翅(chì): wings
  • 翻(fān): flap over