Chinese Triple Radicals Tells You a Lot About the Culture that Created Them

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: (translated via Google webpage translation)


Triples with other characters

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Sources: (translated via Google webpage translation)

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