Radical 4

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丿 (U+4E3F) "slash"
Pinyin:撇 piě
Cantonese Yale:pit3
Kana:の no
Kanji:ノ kana-no
Hangul:삐침 ppichim
Sino-Korean:별 byeol
Stroke order animation

Radical 4 meaning "slash" or "bend" is one of six of the 214 Kangxi radicals that are composed of only one stroke.

In the Kangxi Dictionary there are 33 characters (out of 40,000) to be found under this radical. It is highly similar to the Japanese kana, no (ノ).

Radical 4 is one of the eight elements of (永字八法 Yǒngzì Bāfǎ) and thus basic to Chinese calligraphy.

Characters with Radical 4[edit]

Small seal script character
strokes character
without additional strokes 丿
1 additional stroke
2 additional strokes
3 additional strokes
4 additional strokes
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7 additional strokes
8 additional strokes
9 additional strokes


  • Fazzioli, Edoardo. 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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