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[mee-nah-maw-taw] /ˈmi nɑˈmɔ tɔ/
noun, plural Minamoto.
a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns from 1192 to 1333. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One Imperial candidate was supported by the Taira, the other by the Minamoto.

  • Tsunemoto was a grandson of the Emperor Seiwa and founder of the renowned clan of Minamoto.

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  • Antoku was drowned but the Minamoto soldiers rescued his mother.

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  • This event terminated the descendants of the Minamoto family in the direct line.

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  • They were of the same blood as Nitta and Ashikaga and of the clan of Minamoto.

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  • One of the Minamoto, Tametomo by name, was an archer of marvellous powers.

  • Only cut off the head of Yoritomo of the Minamoto and hang it on my tomb.

  • Yoritomo was not the only son of the Minamoto chief whom the tyrant let live.

  • And he committed the blunder of sparing the lives of two youthful sons of his defeated rival, the Minamoto chief.

  • Minamoto no Yorimitsu ordered Watanabé Isuna to find out the child's name and parentage.

    Tales of Old Japan

    Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford

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