Chinese name: 黑

Pinyin: hēi

English name: black

Imagery: black smoke going up the chimney

History of radical: This radical is called black. Some people think the oracle bone carving is a picture of black smoking rising from a large fire. Others believe it is a picture of a man with a sooty face. Characters with this radical relate to black. The character black can be used in many compound words in Chinese. For example, black whistle(黑哨 Pinyin:hēi shào) refers to bad decision by a referee or black taxi (黑车 Pinyin: hēi chē) means an illegal taxi.

For example: 

  • 默(mò): silent
  • 黔(qián): blacken

 

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