[duh-roo-muh; Japanese dah-roo-mah]
  1. a large red papier-mâché Japanese doll in the form of a seated potbellied Buddhist monk: considered a bringer of luck and prosperity.

Origin of daruma

1960–65; < Japanese < Chinese, transliteration of Sanskrit dharma dharma
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Historical Examples of daruma

  • Daruma, as the Japanese spell his name, has a temple in central Japan.

    The Religions of Japan

    William Elliot Griffis

  • The priests of this order drank tea from a single bowl before the image of Bodhi Dharma (Daruma).

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • Then suddenly the vision departed, and Daruma awoke to find himself sitting under the Chinese sky.

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • The images of Daruma are found by the hundreds in toy-shops, as tobacconists' signs, and as the snow-men of the boys.

  • It is easy to make this, for it is believed that Daruma lost his legs from sitting too long in one position.

    Our Little Japanese Cousin

    Mary Hazelton Wade