Radical 12

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Radical 12 (U+2F0B)
(U+516B) "eight"
Bopomofo: ㄅㄚ
Wade–Giles: pa1
Jyutping: baat3
Cantonese Yale: baat3
Hiragana: はちがしら hachigashira
Kanji: 八頭 hachigashira
Hangul: 여덟 yeodeol
Sino-Korean: 팔 pal
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Radical 12, meaning eight or all, is one of 23 of the 214 Kangxi radicals that are composed of 2 strokes. "八" is two bent lines that signal divide. Eight is the single-digit number that can be divided by two the greatest number of times.

In the Kangxi Dictionary there are 44 characters (out of 40,000) to be found under this radical.


  • Chinese Numeral

Characters with Radical 12

strokes characters
0 strokes
2 strokes 公, 六, 兮, 兯, 六
3 strokes
4 strokes 共, 兲, 关, 兴
5 strokes 㒵, 㒶, 㒷, 兵
6 strokes 其, 具, 典
7 strokes 㒸, 兹, 养
8 strokes 兺, 兼
9 strokes
11 strokes 兾, 兿
14 strokes
16 strokes
18 strokes


  • Fazzioli, Edoardo (1987). Chinese calligraphy : from pictograph to ideogram : the history of 214 essential Chinese/Japanese characters. calligraphy by Rebecca Hon Ko. New York: Abbeville Press. ISBN 0-89659-774-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Leyi Li: “Tracing the Roots of Chinese Characters: 500 Cases”. Beijing 1993, ISBN 978-7-5619-0204-2

External links

See also

  • KangXi: page 126, character 26
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 1450
  • Dae Jaweon: page 274, character 13
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 241, character 3