Chinese Triple Radicals

If one radical means X, three radicals should mean 3X, so studying triple radicals, even if some are archaic, tells you a lot about the culture that created them. Especially when three women mean “adultery” and three sons mean “weakness.”

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Sources:

http://wenwen.soso.com/z/q72827090.htm (translated via Google webpage translation)

http://www.sayjack.com

http://jabezetutor.angelfire.com/CHINESE.htm#Triple_characters_

http://www.chinese-tools.com

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki

http://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=en

http://www.mandarintools.com/

 

Triples with other characters

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Sources:

http://wenwen.soso.com/z/q72827090.htm (translated via Google webpage translation)

http://www.sayjack.com

http://jabezetutor.angelfire.com/CHINESE.htm#Triple_characters_

http://www.chinese-tools.com

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki

http://ctext.org/dictionary.pl?if=en

http://www.mandarintools.com/

Harbaugh, Rick. Chinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary. Taipei, Taiwan: Zhongwen.com, 1998.

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