The Chinese character 虫
And its meaning component forms
- lower form of animal life (insects; worms; reptiles)
- person with a particular undesirable characteristic
The Chinese character 虫 represents all kinds of lower form of animal life whether it’s an insect, a worm, a reptile, or a similar creature. A single character for so many animals, amazing!
虫 is both a character and a character component
虫 can be used as a meaning component in a Chinese character. It then appears in its simple form: 虫. You’ll find 虫 in characters and words related directly or indirectly to insects and reptiles
These characters all contain 虫 and have a direct link with insects and reptiles:
The character component 虫 can also be found in words that are related with its second meaning: a person’s undesirable characteristics.
The meaning component 虫 can be found in Chinese characters and words that are related to insects and reptiles, following the character’s first meaning. You can also find the meaning component 虫 in characters that are related to its second meaning: “a person with a particular undesirable characteristic”.
All 80,000+ Chinese characters share the same character components. Chinese character components are therefore essential for Chinese learners: they are the building blocks of Chinese. Chinese character components help tremendously with understanding a character: they provide information on its meaning or on its pronunciation. In short, knowing character components will help you analyse, learn and remember each Chinese character much better.
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