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matsu

[mat-soo] /ˈmæt su/
noun
1.
a pine, Pinus massoniana, of China, yielding a wood used in furniture-making, the construction of houses, etc.
Origin of matsu
1860-1865
1860-65; < Japanese, earlier matu

Matsu

[mat-soo, mat-soo; Chinese mah-dzoo] /mætˈsu, ˈmæt su; Chinese ˈmɑ dzu/
noun
1.
Wade-Giles. an island off the SE coast of China, in the East China Sea: controlled by Taiwan. 17 sq. mi. (44 sq. km).
Also, Mazu.
Compare Quemoy.
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  • Only matsu knew that the name of her mistress's rescuer was Yoshisawa.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • matsu was her name, which is, in the speech of the country, the Pine Tree.

    Japanese Fairy Tales

    Grace James
  • The pine-tree (Chinese sung, Japanese matsu) is a very common emblem, and to be found on many specimens.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • matsu, however, had sufficient presence of mind to throw her basket of flowers at the snake, which at once crawled away.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • However, he agreed to make inquiries concerning Yoshisawa, and matsu returned to her mistress with something like good news.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • When matsu had told Shing what her father was doing on her behalf she rallied considerably, and was able to take food.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • The play in the original is on the word matsu, which has the double signification of "a pine-tree" and "to wait."

  • Toward evening the plaintive notes which matsu mushi made at intervals made me feel unusually lonesome.

  • In the fall of 1954 they attacked Quemoy and matsu, the same two islands they are attacking now.

    The Communist Threat in the Taiwan Area

    John Foster Dulles and Dwight D. Eisenhower
British Dictionary definitions for matsu

Matsu

/mætˈsuː/
noun
1.
an island group in Formosa Strait, off the SE coast of mainland China: belongs to Taiwan. Pop: 9800 (2007 est). Area: 44 sq km (17 sq miles)
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