6 strokes
insect, bug, temper
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N2
1351 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 虫垂炎 【チュウスイエン】 appendicitis
  • 虫えい 【チュウエイ】 gall (abnormal plant growth formed by insects)
  • 幼虫 【ヨウチュウ】 larva, grub, maggot
  • 寄生虫 【キセイチュウ】 parasite
  • 虫部 【キブ】 insect radical, worm radical
  • 蟻巻 【アリマキ】 aphid, plant louse, plant lice

Kun reading compounds

  • 虫 【むし】 insect, bug, cricket, moth, worm, roundworm, thing inside one's body believed to influence one's thoughts and feelings, (one's) unconscious, nervousness, fretfulness, person devoted to one thing, single-minded person, valve core, mushi (type of game played with a stripped deck)
  • 虫歯 【むしば】 cavity, tooth decay, decayed tooth, dental caries
  • 苦虫 【にがむし】 bitter-tasting bug
  • 馬追虫 【うまおいむし】 Hexacentrus japonicus (species of katydid), Hexacentrus unicolor (species of katydid)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
chong2, hui3
hwe, chung


  • insecto
  • bicho


  • inseto
  • bichinho
  • temperamento


  • insecte
  • vermine
  • ver
  • reptile
  • colère
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