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[dahy-boo t-soo, -boot-; Japanese dahy-boo-tsoo]
  1. a large representation of the Buddha.
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Origin of daibutsu

< Japanese, equivalent to dai (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese big, great) + butsu butsu
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Historical Examples of daibutsu

  • Papa Claude corralled him in the corner with the Daibutsu and pompously presented each guest in turn.


    Alice Hegan Rice

  • Only the Daibutsu images, some bells, and other instruments of worship form exceptions to this.

  • Daibutsu images evidently stand in the same relation to the works of private sculptors as folk-poetry to that of individual bards.

  • Near by on a slight eminence stands a huge bronze image of Buddha, twenty-one and one-half feet high, called the Daibutsu.

    The Critic in the Orient

    George Hamlin Fitch