Talk:虹

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Radical[edit]

Why does this have the "insect" radical? 66.61.86.88 03:29, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Maybe because rainbows, like rivers, were related to snakes/serpents in ancient China? 66.61.86.88 03:30, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

It has to do with the shape of the rainbow resembling the archtypal insect (in the minds of the ancient Chinese anyway). That's why its archaic counterpart 螮蝀 also shares the same radical. JamesjiaoTC 03:34, 17 July 2012 (UTC)