hachi means "Bee", "Wasp" or "Hornet" in English.

  • Bee vs. Hornet vs. Wasp
    Bees, Hornets, Waps, and Ant, are all members of the order Hymenoptera. Bees are considered a clade, called Anthophila. Hornets are a genus, called Vespa. Wasps are any members of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that's not a Bee or an Ant. In other words, a Hornet is a Wasp. In some countries, "Wasp" refers to a kind of Wasp, the Yellowjacket. In Japanese, hachi ハチ refers to members of the Hymenoptera in general. There aren't terms that match Wasp and Hornet, although suzumebachi 雀蜂 may refer to the subfamily Vespinae, which includes Hornets and some Wasps.[1][2]
hachi is normally written with katakana, as ハチ.
hachi written with hiragana is はち.
hachi written with kanji is .
This is a jouyou kanji 常用漢字, taught in junior high, chuugakkou 中学校.
Romaji ha chi
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Homonyms & Similar Words


  • The honey bee make is called hachimitsu 蜂蜜, literally "bee honey" in Japanese.

Further Reading

Wikipedia: ハチ (Bee)
  1. Wasp -, accessed .
  2. Yellowjacket -, accessed .