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kung fu

[kuhng foo, koo ng] /ˈkʌŋ ˈfu, ˈkʊŋ/
an ancient Chinese method of self-defense by striking blows at vulnerable areas of an attacker's body using fluid movements of the hands and legs.
Origin of kung fu
From the Chinese word gōngfú literally, skill Unabridged
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kung fu

/ˈkʌŋ ˈfuː/
any of various Chinese martial arts, some focusing on unarmed combat, others involving the use of weapons
Word Origin
from Chinese: skill, accomplishment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kung fu

1966, from dialectal Chinese kung fu, said to meant literally "merit master," but Barnhart has it as "boxing method."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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