The Radical: 虫


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insect    虫

Explanation The body and the sting of an insect.

Used in these Kanji:
JLPT 3Joyo 1
insect, worm
mushi, CHŪ

The body and the sting of an insect.
JLPT 4Joyo 2
strong
tsuyoi, shiiru, KYŌ, GŌ
Left: bow , right: nose and insect
To target with the bow the nose of an insect: That is strong!
JLPT 4Joyo 2
wind, manner, style
kaze,
A sail and an insect (The additional stroke is the horizontal sail boom )
The insect is blown into the sail by: the wind.
JLPT 1Joyo 6
silkworm
kaiko, SAN
Top: sky/heaven , bottom: insect
What a heavenly insect is: the silkworm!
JLPT 1Joyo 5
species, genus, to belong to
ZOKU
From top: side-view of buttocks , accent , insect with additional long legs
The rear part belongs to an insect with long legs - but which species?
JLPT 2Joyo 5
alone, single, Germany
hitori, DOKU
Left: wild animal (dog on hind legs), right: insect
Such animals and insects exist only in Germany.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
mosquito
ka, BUN
Left: insect , right: text (A folding table for writing a text.)
The insect on the text is a mosquito. (It makes the sound: BUN)
JLPT 1Joyo 7
foolish, idiot, folly
oroka, GU
Top: scorpion (image of a scorpion: with long tail: carapace , insect , long legs ), below: heart
Who believes that a scorpion has a heart is foolish.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
accidentally, pair (like wife&husband)

Left: person , right: scorpion (pictograph of a scorpion: carapace , insect , long legs )
(At first they met with movements ) And then the person and the scorpion became accidentially a pair.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
meet, encounter, to handle, entertain, see, to deal with

Left: movement , right: scorpion (pictograph of a scorpion: carapace of the insect with long legs )
(A mating/courtship ritual?) Movements of a scorpion to meet someone. (And then they , became accidentially a pair )
JLPT 2Joyo 7
corner, nook
sumi,
Left: hill , right: scorpion (pictograph of a scorpion: combination of for carapace, insect , long legs )
On the hill, there are scorpions in every corner.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
firefly, lightning bug
hotaru, KEI
From top: rays of light , cover (both as: crown ), insect
Rays of light cover this insect: The firefly.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
cocoon (of the silkworm)
mayu, KEN
Top: plant , below: cocoon with two chambers, inside: thread and insect
Under a plant, the thread of an insect forms: A cocoon.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
snake, serpent
hebi, JA, DA
Left: insect , right: 它 (roof [here: cave] and sitting person )
The "insect" that rolls up in its cave like a sitting person, is: a snake.
JLPT 2Joyo 7
touch, sensing, contact, feel
fureru, sawaru, SHOKU
Left: corner, horn , right: insect
The "horns" (= antennas or feelers) of insects (i.e. snails) are for: touching and sensing.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
entrust, confidence, request, ask
SHOKU
Left: mouth , right: species, genus (The rear part belongs to an insect 禹/ with long legs , but which species?)
To the mouth of this species, it can be entrusted.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
impure, muddy/cloudy liquid, uncleanness
nigoru/su, DAKU
Left: water , right: eye , wrap , insect
If in the water the visibility is poor, such that insects appear as wrapped up it is impure/muddy. (But it clears up, because the (clean) water rises )
JLPT 1Joyo 7
noise, disturbance
sawagu/gashii,
Left: horse (mane in the wind, four legs and tail フ), right: hand , insect
A horse hit by a hand or stung by an insect makes: noise.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
barbarian, savage
BAN
Top: var. of red (When earth/clay is burned in fire , the pottery gets: red.), below: insect
Like reddish insects are these barbarians.
JLPT 1Joyo 7
dissolve, melt, merge
tokeru,
Left: 鬲 (image of a pot with lid , on a stand with reinforcements), right: insect
In the pot on the stand is an insect, but it is already dissolving.
JLPT -Joyo 7
storm, hurricane
arashi,
From top: mountain , wind (.. it pushes insects into the sail [The additional stroke is a sailing beam])
A 'mountain'-like wind is: a storm.
JLPT -Joyo 7
rainbow
niji,
Left: insect , right: craftsman, build
Insects actually build the rainbow?
JLPT -Joyo 7
bee, wasp
hachi,
Left: insect (body and sting of an insect), right: pointed, needle-shaped (When sitting cross-legged on the peak of a growing plant 丰, you feel it is pointed.)
Insects with pointed stings are bees. (Or: The insect sitting at the plant's top is the bee.)
JLPT -Joyo 7
honey, nectar
MITSU
From top: roof , certainly (... is the heart pierced by a lance ), insect
Below that roof are certainly insects with honey.

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