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虫 むし insect

虫歯 むしば cavity, 虫がいい むしがいい selfish, 虫除け むしよけ insecticide, 虫食い むしくい worm-eaten, 泣き虫 なきむしcrybaby, 虫も殺さぬ むしもころさぬ innocent-looking, 本の虫 ほんのむし bookworm, 毛虫 けむし caterpillar, 油虫 あぶらむし cockroach, 天道虫 てんとうむし ladybird, 毒虫 どくむし poisonous insect, 昆虫学 こんちゅうがく entomology

mushi is also used in a lot of expressions:
虫の居所が悪い むしのいどころがわるい be in a bad mood
腹の虫が治まらない はらのむしがおさまらない cannot contain one’s anger
蓼食う虫も好き好き たでくうむしもすきずき there’s no accounting for tastes

and

君は本の虫だね – You’re a bookworm.
早起きの鳥は虫を捕える – The early bird catches the worm.

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