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Kangxi Radicals

Learn the 214 Chinese Radicals found in the Kangxi list.

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About the Kangxi list

The 214 Kangxi radicals (Chinese: 康熙部首; pinyin: Kāngxī bùshǒu), also known as the Zihui radicals, form a system of radicals (部首 bù shǒu ) of Chinese characters. The radicals are numbered in stroke count order. They are the most popular system of radicals for dictionaries that order Traditional Chinese characters (hanzihanjakanjichữ hán) by radical and stroke count. Originally introduced in the 1615 Zihui (字彙), they are more commonly named in relation to the Kangxi Dictionary of 1716 (Kāngxī 康熙 Kāng xī  being the era name for 1662–1723).

Modern Chinese dictionaries continue to use the Kangxi radical-stroke order, both in traditional zìdiǎn (字典 zì diǎn , lit. “character/logograph dictionary”) for written Chinese characters and modern cídiǎn (詞典 “word/phrase dictionary”) for spoken expressions. The 214 Kangxi radicals act as a de facto standard, which may not be duplicated exactly in every Chinese dictionary, but which few dictionary compilers can afford to completely ignore.

1. 2. shù 3. diǎn 4.丿 piě 5. 6. jué 7. èr 8. tóu 9. rén 10. ér 11. 12. 13. jiōng 14. 15. bīng 16. 17. qiǎn 18. Dāo 19. 20. bāo 21. 22. fāng 23. 24. shí 25. bo 26. jié 27. hǎn 28. 29. yòu 30. kǒu 31. wéi 32. 33. Shì 34. zhǐ 35. suī 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. gài 41. cùn 42. xiǎo 43. yóu 44. shī 45. chè 46. Shān 47. chuān 48. gōng 49. 50. jīn 51. gān 52. yāo 53.广 Guǎng 54. yǐn 55. gǒng 56. 57. gōng 58. 59. shān 60. chì 61. xīn 62. 63. 64. shǒu 65. Zhī 66. 67. Wén 68. Dǒu 69. jīn 70. Fāng 71. 72. 73. yuē 74. yuè 75. 76. qiàn 77. zhǐ 78. dǎi 79. shū 80. 81. 82. Máo 83. shì 84. 85. Shuǐ 86. Huǒ 87. zhǎo 88. 89. yáo 90. qiáng 91. piān 92. 93. Niú 94. quǎn 95. xuán 96. 97. guā 98. 99. Gān 100. shēng 101. yòng 102. Tián 103. 104. 105. 106. Bái 107. 108. mǐn 109. 110. máo 111. shǐ 112. Shí 113. shì 114. róu 115. 116. xué 117. 118. zhú 119. 120. 121. fǒu 122. wǎng 123. Yáng 124. 125. lǎo 126. ér 127. lěi 128. ěr 129. 130. ròu 131. Chén 132. 133. zhì 134. jiù 135. shé 136. chuǎn 137. zhōu 138. gěn 139. 140. cǎo 141. 142. chóng 143. xuè 144. háng 145. 146. 147. jiàn 148. Jué 149. yán 150. 151. dòu 152. shǐ 153. zhì 154. bèi 155. chì 156. zǒu 157. 158. shēn 159. chē 160. Xīn 161. chén 162. chuò 163. 164. yǒu 165. biàn 166. 167. Jīn 168. zhǎng 169. mén 170. 171. 172. zhuī 173. 174. Qīng 175. Fēi 176. miàn 177. 178. wéi 179. jiǔ 180. yīn 181. 182. fēng 183. fēi 184. shí 185. shǒu 186. xiāng 187. 188. 189. Gāo 190. biāo 191. dòu 192. chàng 193. 194. guǐ 195. 196. niǎo 197. 198.鹿 199. mài 200. 201. huáng 202. shǔ 203. Hēi 204. zhǐ 205. miǎn 206. dǐng 207. 208. shǔ 209. 210. 211. chǐ 212. lóng 213. guī 214. yuè
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