Radical 212

Radical 212
Radical 212 (U+2FD3)
(U+9F8D) "dragon"
Pinyin: lóng
Bopomofo: ㄌㄨㄥˊ
Wade–Giles: lung2
Jyutping: lung4
Cantonese Yale: lung4
Hiragana: リョウ ・リュウ ryō, ryū
たつ tatsu
Kanji: 竜 ryū
Hangul: 용 yong
Sino-Korean: 룡 ryong
seal script of radical 212

Radical 212, , , or meaning "dragon", is one of only two of the 214 Kangxi radicals that are composed of 16 strokes. The character arose as a stylized drawing of a Chinese dragon, and refers to a version of the dragon in each East Asian culture:

It may also refer to the dragon as it appears in the Chinese zodiac. It is used as the symbol for Tatsu, a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, in California.

In the Kangxi Dictionary there are only 14 characters (out of 40,000) to be found under this radical.

It occurs as a phonetic complement in some fairly common Chinese characters, for example = "deaf", which is composed of 龍 "dragon" and the "ear" 耳 radical, 耳, pronounced similarly to 龍: "dragon gives sound, ear gives meaning".

Characters with Radical 212

strokes character
without additional strokes
2 additional strokes
3 additional strokes 龏龐龘
4 additional strokes
5 additional strokes
6 additional strokes 龓龔龕
16 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 0896597741. 
  • Leyi Li: “Tracing the Roots of Chinese Characters: 500 Cases”. Beijing 1993, ISBN 978-7561902042

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