Radical 5

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Radical 5 (U+2F04)
(U+4E59) "second, fishing hook"
Bopomofo: 一ˇ
Gwoyeu Romatzyh: yii
Wade–Giles: i3
Cantonese Yale: yut6, wat1
Jyutping: jyut3
Pe̍h-ōe-jī: it
Hiragana: おつ o tsu
Kanji: 乙 o tsu
Hangul: 새 sae
Sino-Korean: 을 eul
Stroke order animation

Radical 5 meaning "second" is one of six of the 214 Kangxi radicals that are composed of only one stroke. In the ancient Chinese cyclic character numeral system tiāngān, 乙 represents the second Celestial stem.

In the Kangxi Dictionary there are 42 characters (out of 40,000) to be found under this radical.

Characters with Radical 5[edit]

strokes character
without additional strokes
1 additional stroke
2 additional strokes
3 additional strokes
4 additional strokes
5 additional strokes
6 additional strokes
7 additional strokes
8 additional strokes
10 additional strokes 乿
11 additional strokes
12 additional 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. 
  • Leyi Li: “Tracing the Roots of Chinese Characters: 500 Cases”. Beijing 1993, ISBN 978-7-5619-0204-2

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