Chinese name: 酉

Pinyin: yǒu

English name: wine

Imagery: a wine container

History of radical: This radical is called wine container and it is usually placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones  it is a picture of a wine container. Characters with this radical relate to wine and wine making. The most famous types of traditional Chinese wine include baijiu (white liquor), sometime known as “Chinese vodka” and huangjiu (yellow liquoir) which is brewed from grains such as rice, wheat or millet.

For example: 

  • 酒(jiǔ): alcohol
  • 醉(zuì): drunk
  • 酸(suān): sour