刀 dāo is mostly turned into刂 to express different acts with a knife, or other concepts related to knife. So for knife-related meanings, you will see in most cases characters with刂 but not with 刀.
Tips: characters with刂 are mainly phonetic left-semantic right, such as 肖xiāo +刂 ＝ 削xiāo, 朵duǒ +刂 ＝ 剁duò.
平 is so loyal!
All these characters with the component 平 are pronounced the same as 平 píng. As for their meanings, just check the semantic parts, e.g 枰 ＝ 木 + 平（枰, a kind of tree)，鲆 ＝ 鱼 + 平(鲆, a kind of fish).
Why are many Chinese families so fond of characters with 王 such as 珍, 琼, 琪, 珂, 环, 佩, 玑, 玛, 玥, 玹, 玨, 玲, 珑, 瑙, 珊, 瑚, 珍, 珠 etc when they name their children? Continue reading “Radical 王: 王 really has to do with King?”
Can you imagine how many things are related to a tree? The basic characters derived from tree 木. Check out the component of 木.