Chinese name: 雨

Pinyin: yǔ

English name: rain

Imagery: rain drops on the roof

History of radical: This radical is called rain and it is always placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of rain drops falling from the sky. Characters with this radical relate to rain or weather. The rainy season in South China begins in June. It has a poetic name, mei yu ji (plum-rain season) since this is when plums ripen.

For example: 

  • 雪(xuě): snow
  • 雷(léi): thunder
  • 雾(wù): fog