Chinese name: 阝

Pinyin: fǔ

English name: terrain

Imagery: a mountain ridge

History of radical: This radical is called terrain and it is always placed to the left of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a mountain ridge. Characters with this radical relate to location.

For example: 

  • 陆(lù): land
  • 陡(dǒu): steep
  • 院(yuàn): yard