虫(chóng)insect

Chinese name: 虫

Pinyin: chóng

English name: insect

Imagery: a snake

History of radical: This radical is called insect. Originally this radical pronounced “huǐ” and in oracle bones it is a picture of a venomous snake. Characters with this radical relate to insects, reptiles and amphibians.

For example:

  • 蛇(shé): snake
  • 蛙(): frog
  • 蝶(dié): butterfly

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