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  Originally, a pictograph of a pit viper. The character later, however, came to be used as an abbreviated form of a separate character that referred to insects and other small creatures. (Part 6 of a series examining characters/elements indicating creatures.) Watch kanji video »
Grasshopper; cricket
adds an element indicating "act jointly" to suggest the limbs of a creature acting in unison, specifically with reference to a grasshopper or cricket.
adds an element indicating the piercing of a hole to suggest the hollow exoskeleton produced by an insect after moulting. Cricket and grasshopper are associated meanings.
Grasshopper; locust
doubles the "insect" element and adds "winter" to suggest an insect passing the winter hidden in the earth. Grasshopper and locust are associated meanings.
adds an element indicating "stretch far" to suggest a variety of locust, an insect that ranges over a wide area.
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