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TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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Stroke order
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EtymologyEdit

A poisonous snake, from which this character originated.

Pictogram (象形): a snake.

The character originally represented a type of poisonous 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.

Han characterEdit

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

  1. worm
  2. insect
  3. (archaic) a poisonous snake
  4. KangXi radical 142

ReferencesEdit

  • 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

DescendantsEdit

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ChineseEdit

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PronunciationEdit


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (虫), Pronunciation (1/1)

Initial: 曉 (32)
Final: 微
Division: III

Openness: Closed
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 許偉切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/hʉiX/ /xwe̯iX/ /xiuəiX/ /hʷɨiX/ /hujX/ /xĭwəiX/ /xiuəiX/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system (2011)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
chóng ‹ drjuwng › /*C.lruŋ/ insect
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
13194 2 /*hŋlulʔ/ 經典通作虺

CompoundsEdit

ReferencesEdit


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

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

  1. insect, bug

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

(uncommon “Hyōgai” kanji)

ReadingsEdit

NounEdit

(hiragana むし, romaji mushi)

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


KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

(hwe, chung)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul): ,  (revised: hwe, chung, McCune-Reischauer: hwe, ch'ung, Yale: hwey, chwung)
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VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(trùng)

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