The Chinese character 水 (shuǐ) means water or liquid. It is a pictograph depicting the flowing main current of water with whirlpools to the sides.
Shuǐ is also a radical, but the radical takes a different form, as can be seen in the left side of the character 氿 (guǐ), which means spring (of water).
The radical shuǐ is used in many characters related to water or liquid, such as:
- 氾 – fàn – overflow; flood
- 汁 – zhī – juice; fluid
- 汍 – wán – weep; shed tears
- 汗 – hàn – perspiration
- 江 – jiāng – river
Mandarin Vocabulary With Shuǐ
|Traditional Characters||Simplified Characters||Pinyin||English|
|不透水||不透水||bù tòu shuǐ||waterproof; watertight|
|下水道||下水道||xià shuǐ dào||sewer|
|多水分||多水分||duō shuǐ fèn||juicy|
|恐水病||恐水病||kǒng shuǐ bìng||rabies|
|檸檬水||柠檬水||níng méng shuǐ||lemonade|