In traditional Chinese the character 蟲 is used.
Person lying under the ground (middle/china) is food for worms (insect/grubs)
The CENTRAL plot of The Metamorphosis is that a PERSON turns into an <insect>. When he wakes up, he likes to lun[ch on g]ood rotten food.
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Definitions for 虫 pronounced as chóng
- lower form of animal life, including insects, insect larvae, worms and similar creatures
- person with a particular undesirable characteristic