KANJI: CHUU KI (insect, worm, temper)

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Character Etymology:

Derived from the pictograph of a partly coiled snake. In ancient times, snakes and insects were pretty much treated alike; thus through association this character came to represent insect.

A Listing of All On-Yomi and Kun-Yomi Readings:

on-yomi: CHUU KI
kun-yomi: mushi

Nanori Readings:

Nanori: mu

English Definitions:

  1. CHUU, mushi: worm, vermin, bug, insect; temper; nervousness, peevishness; bad company.

Character Index Numbers:

New Nelson: 5275
Henshall: 56

Unicode Encoded Version:

Unicode Encoded Compound Examples:

(mushiku(i)): worm-eaten spot.
虫歯 (mushiba): decayed tooth.
(kiseichuu): parasite.

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In"sect (?), n. [F.insecte, L. insectum, fr. insectus, p.p. of insecare to cut in. See Section. The name was originally given to certain small animals, whose bodies appear cut in, or almost divided. Cf. Entomology.]

1. Zool.

One of the Insecta; esp., one of the Hexapoda. See Insecta.

⇒ The hexapod insects pass through three stages during their growth, viz., the larva, pupa, and imago or adult, but in some of the orders the larva differs little from the imago, except in lacking wings, and the active pupa is very much like the larva, except in having rudiments of wings. In the higher orders, the larva is usually a grub, maggot, or caterpillar, totally unlike the adult, while the pupa is very different from both larva and imago and is inactive, taking no food.

2. Zool.

Any air-breathing arthropod, as a spider or scorpion.

3. Zool.

Any small crustacean. In a wider sense, the word is often loosely applied to various small invertebrates.


Fig.: Any small, trivial, or contemptible person or thing.

Thomson. <-- Russian: bukashka -->

Insect powder,a powder used for the extermination of insects; esp., the powdered flowers of certain species of Pyrethrum, a genus now merged in Chrysanthemum. Called also Persian powder.<-- containing pyrethrin -->


© Webster 1913.

In"sect (?), a.


Of or pertaining to an insect or insects.


Like an insect; small; mean; ephemeral.


© Webster 1913.

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