- 扌 (when used as a left Chinese radical)
Pictogram (象形) – hand and fingers. The top stroke is the bent over middle finger, while the horizontal strokes are each two fingers. Compare 爪, 寸, 九.
Note that unlike the other hand/claw characters, 手 has consistently had five fingers: a mammalian/human hand, as opposed to the three digits often found in the others.
Compare also 止 (“foot”), derived from a footprint, originally composed of 3 toes and a sole.
手 (radical 64 手+0, 4 strokes, cangjie input 手 (Q), four-corner 20500)
- KangXi: page 416, character 28
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 11768
- Dae Jaweon: page 762, character 9
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 3, page 1824, character 1
- Unihan data for U+624B
手 • (su)
- Sound (hangeul): 수 (McCune-Reischauer: su, Yale: swu)