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sumo

[soo-moh]
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noun
  1. a form of wrestling in Japan in which a contestant wins by forcing his opponent out of the ring or by causing him to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet, contestants usually being men of great height and weight.
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Origin of sumo

1895–1900; < Japanese sumō, earlier suma(f)u to wrestle
Related formssu·mo·ist, noun
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sumo

noun
  1. the national style of wrestling of Japan, the object of which is to force one's opponent to touch the ground with any part of his body except the soles of his feet or to step out of the ring
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Word Origin

from Japanese sumō
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Word Origin and History for sumo

n.

1880, from Japanese sumo "to compete."

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