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See also:
U+866B, 虫
CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-866B

[U+866A]
CJK Unified Ideographs
[U+866C]

Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
虫-order.gif

Han character[edit]

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

  1. Kangxi radical #142, .

Derived characters[edit]

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

Chinese[edit]

Glyph origin[edit]

A venomous snake, from which this character originated.
Historical forms of the character
Shang Western Zhou Shuowen Jiezi (compiled in Han)
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Small seal script
虫-oracle.svg 虫-bronze.svg 虫-seal.svg
Characters in the same phonetic series () (Zhengzhang, 2003) 
Old Chinese
*hŋuːl, *hŋruːl, *hŋlulʔ
*hŋuːl
鼿 *hŋuːl, *ŋuːd
*hŋlulʔ
*ŋ̊ʰuːn
*ŋod, *ŋuːd
*ŋod, *ŋuːd
*ŋuːd
*ŋuːd
*ŋuːd
*ŋluːd

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). was later borrowed for (possibly via simplification), and the character was created to represent the original meaning.

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Japanese[edit]

Shinjitai

Kyūjitai

Kanji[edit]

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

  1. insect, bug
  2. generic name for animals

Readings[edit]

As shinjitai form of :

As the ancient form of :

Compounds[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Kanji in this term
むし
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

/musi//muɕi/

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a bug, insect, worm
    Synonym: 昆虫 (konchū)
  2. a serpent, snake
     () () (しん) (ちゅう) (むし)
    shishi shinchū no mushi
    a serpent in a lion
    Synonym: (hebi)
  3. (figurative): a worm (person living for only one thing)
     (ほん) (むし)
    hon no mushi
    a bookworm
  4. (derogatory): a worm (despicable person)
     () (むし)
    nakimushi
    a sobbing worm; a blubberer
  5. a temperament (thought which is in the deep in mind) (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
     (かん) (むし)
    kan no mushi
    a choleric temperament
  6. (archaic) a male lover
    Synonyms: 愛人 (aijin), 情夫 (jōfu), 隠し男 (kakushi-otoko)

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  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