チュウ, キ, むし, む

insect, bug, temper

JLPT2 G1 S6 F1351

A depiction of a snake, specifically a pit viper rising to strike. However, 虫 was adopted as a Shinjitai (new character form) to replace 蟲, according to which 虫 bears the meanings *insect*; *bug*; *worm*. Note that 虫 has a much broader sense than the English "insect," and can refer to a wide spectrum of life forms.

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