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Is there a and if yes what is the maximum number of radicals that can be there in a Chinese Character?

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    One. Characters can be made up of lots of "radicals" but there will only be one that is the actual radical. For instance the character 落 has both 艹 and 氵as components but it's radical is only one: 艹. – Mou某 Nov 17 '14 at 6:45
  • @user3306356 Yes for 形声字. A 会意字 can have 2 or more “radicals". 器 for example, is a dog guarding four food containers. – Wang Dingwei Nov 17 '14 at 7:09
  • I'm only seeing 口 as it's radical, though... – Mou某 Nov 17 '14 at 7:40
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    I do not feel qualified to answer this question since I am neither Chinese nor a professionally trained Sinologist, but I think the reason for some people think a character can have multiple radicals is that some modern dictionaries will list a character under multiple radicals to make the look up process for the dictionary user faster, like the bilingual Chinese-English version of the 新华字典. I guess I stopped using this dictionary for the very reason that the editors of it thought "laowais are stupid, we need to list characters under many radicals, otherwise they will never find them!" – imrek Nov 17 '14 at 9:20
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    OK obviously I have confused radicals with word roots. You are both correct. – Wang Dingwei Nov 17 '14 at 9:28
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Characters can be made up of -or- contain lots of "radicals" but there will only be one that is the actual radical.

For instance the character 落 has both 艹 and 氵as components but it's radical is only one: 艹.

Characters can also have simplified & traditional radicals.

For example: 卡 has a simplified radical of: 丨 and a traditional radical: 卜 - where 丨 is obviously not a simplification of 卜. The aforementioned 落 on the other hand also has simplified and traditional radicals 艹 & 艸 --- where 艹 is just a straight up simplification of 艸.

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  • +1, I always thought of anything that wasn't the radical, even though it could be a radical, as a "component." – Ming Nov 18 '14 at 5:49
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For more:

see blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_78d0d11d0100rw8b.html

and http://baike.baidu.com/view/181910.htm?fr=aladdin

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  • Good article, but not exactly what I am looking for. I am looking the maximum number of radicals inside one character. How do we know this in this article? – Divyansh Goenka Nov 17 '14 at 6:01
  • What the OP ask is 部首, rather than 词缀 – Victor Nov 21 '14 at 16:47

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