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[duh-roo-muh; Japanese dah-roo-mah] /dəˈru mə; Japanese dɑˈru mɑ/
a large red papier-mâché Japanese doll in the form of a seated potbellied Buddhist monk: considered a bringer of luck and prosperity.
Origin of daruma
1960-65; < Japanese < Chinese, transliteration of Sanskrit dharma dharma Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • daruma, as the Japanese spell his name, has a temple in central Japan.

    The Religions of Japan William Elliot Griffis
  • The priests of this order drank tea from a single bowl before the image of Bodhi Dharma (daruma).

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Then suddenly the vision departed, and daruma awoke to find himself sitting under the Chinese sky.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • The images of daruma are found by the hundreds in toy-shops, as tobacconists' signs, and as the snow-men of the boys.

  • It is easy to make this, for it is believed that daruma lost his legs from sitting too long in one position.

    Our Little Japanese Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade
  • Not an Irish gentleman with a pipe in his mouth, such as you like to build, but a figure of daruma, who was a disciple of Buddha.

    Our Little Japanese Cousin Mary Hazelton Wade

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