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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
虫-order.gif

Etymology[edit]

A venomous snake, from which this character originated.
Historical forms of the character
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Small seal script
虫-oracle.svg 虫-bronze.svg 虫-seal.svg

Pictogram (象形): a snake.

The character originally represented a type of venomous snake, while the derivative represented worms and insects (or insect-like things). 虫 eventually came to represent worms and insects as well, and the character was created to represent the original meaning.

虫 is Simplified from (elimination of ) and 虫 is the simplified form of that is used only as a character component.

Han character[edit]

(radical 142 +0, 6 strokes, cangjie input 中一戈 (LMI), four-corner 50136)

  1. Kangxi radical #142, ‎(insect).

References[edit]

  • 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

Descendants[edit]

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Chinese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see (“insect”).
(This character, , is the simplified form of .)
Notes:

Etymology 2[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see (“venomous snake”).
(This character, , is an ancient form of .)

Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanjishinjitai kanji, kyūjitai form )

  1. insect, bug

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)

Readings[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Kanji in this term
むし
Grade: 1
kun'yomi
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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji , hiragana むし, katakana ムシ, romaji mushi)

  1. an insect; a bug; a worm
  2. a person living for only one thing
  3. a thought which is in the deep in mind

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3