Pictogram (象形): a snake.
The character originally represented a type of poisonous snake, while the derivative 蟲 represented worms and insects (or insect-like things). 虫 eventually came to represent worms and insects as well, and the character 虺 was created to represent the original meaning.
- KangXi radical 142
- KangXi: page 1076, character 19
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 32804
- Dae Jaweon: page 1545, character 7
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2833, character 1
- Unihan data for U+866B
|For pronunciation and definitions of 虫 – see 蟲.
(This term, 虫, is the simplified form of 蟲.)