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Words like へん and かんむり are not arbitrary suffixes. So the list of names you're seeing are not "aliases" we can use whenever. See: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%81%8F%E6%97%81 that explains in Japanese where each name type goes. It's also done a little better on the 部首 page. Here's my rough translation of that with some slight amending: 偏(へん):Placed on ...


I forgot the names of them but they are definitely not only on the left. How would you define the radical of 本 ? Plenty on the top... bottom... right... etc. Have you ever looked at the Nelson dictionary? Not sure if it's useful in studies these days, but it was back before computers took over the world. The inside cover is the radical table. ...

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