Chinese name: ⻊

Pinyin: zú

English name: foot

Imagery: a village above a foot

History of radical: This radical is called foot and it’s usually placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a knee above a foot. In bronze language the knee became separated and some believe it came to mean the destination. Characters with this radical relate to foot and its movements.

For example: 

  • 跑(pǎo): run
  • 跳(tiào): jump
  • 踩(cǎi): step