Chinese characters can be decomposed into components called radicals or bushou. The most
commonly accepted table of radicals for traditional Chinese characters consists of 214 entries.
These 214 radicals were popularized back in the reign of Qing emperor Kangxi, who
commissioned what is now known as the Kangxi Zidian, a character dictionary listing over
47,000 entries. Tables with fewer or greater number of radicals have been devised for
simplified characters. Being able to recognize the common radicals helps in the learning and
recognition of new characters. Some but not all radical are complete characters in their own
right. Some radicals have more than one form. Finally, simplified characters have resulted in
In the following table, the English names were taken from the Unihan database, a database of
international characters. The stroke count refer to the main form of the radical only.