Radical 194

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(U+9B3C) "ghost, demon"
Cantonese Yale:gwai2
Kana:キ, おに ki, oni
Kanji:鬼 oni
鬼繞 kinyō
Hangul:귀신 gwisin
Sino-Korean:귀 gwi
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Radical 194 ( Unicode U+9B3C, pinyin guǐ meaning "ghost" or "demon") is one of eight Kangxi radicals written with ten strokes.

The character is historically composed of "legs", representing a large demon's head and a curl looking similar to taken to represent a swirl of vapour, or a demon's tail. The character can be traced to the oracle bone script, where it depicts a man kneeling on a monster head.

Most of the characters derived from the radical have meanings related to ghosts or souls, including "devil, demon", "black magic", "nightmare", "soul". In some signs, however, the radical is present purely as a phonetic marker, for example in , the State of Wei during the Spring and Autumn period.

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