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[sat-soo-muh, sat-suh-muh Japanese sah-tsoo-mah] /sætˈsu mə, ˈsæt sə mə Japanese ˈsɑ tsʊˌmɑ/
a former province on S Kyushu, in SW Japan: famous for its porcelain ware.
(lowercase) a kind of mandarin orange.

Satsuma ware

or satsuma

a Japanese pottery from Kyushu, first produced in the early 17th century and after 1800 having a crackle glaze and overglaze polychrome enameling and gilding.
Origin of Satsuma ware
1870-75; named after Satsuma, Japan Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Satsuma
Historical Examples
  • Much of the later pottery from Kyoto was made in imitation of Satsuma.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Here, too, Satsuma ware has in recent years been largely imitated.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • In the older pieces the style of decoration is entirely different from the Satsuma.

    The Ceramic Art Jennie J. Young
  • All the other daimis were tired of the arrogant conduct of Satsuma.

    A Diplomat in Japan Ernest Mason Satow
  • They were arrested and banished to Devils Island on the shore of Satsuma.

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • That medallion comes from the most brilliant period of Satsuma art.

  • But they were totally defeated by the troops of Aidzu and Satsuma, who guarded the city.

    Japan Various
  • I had a letter and a Satsuma jar from him a 192few weeks ago.

  • Red June, Satsuma, and Chabot may be mentioned as particular examples.

    Dwarf Fruit Trees F. A. Waugh
  • High up in the side of the Satsuma, close to the little 12-cm.

    Banzai! Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
British Dictionary definitions for Satsuma


a small citrus tree, Citrus nobilis var. unshiu, cultivated, esp in Japan, for its edible fruit
the fruit of this tree, which has a loose rind and easily separable segments
Word Origin
C19: originally from the province of Satsuma, Japan


a former province of SW Japan, on S Kyushu: famous for its porcelain

Satsuma ware

simple pottery made in Satsuma, Japan, from the late 16th century
ornamental glazed porcelain ware made in Satsuma, Japan, from the late 18th century
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