[ hee-buh-koo-shuh; Japanese hee-bah-koo-shah ]
/ ˌhi bəˈku ʃə; Japanese hiˈbɑ kʊˌʃɑ /
noun, plural hi·ba·ku·shas, hi·ba·ku·sha.
a survivor of either of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945.
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Origin of hibakusha
<Japanese, equivalent to hibaku bombed (hi- suffer + baku- burst open, explode <Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bèi bào) + -sha person <Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese chě
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British Dictionary definitions for hibakusha
/ (hɪˈbɑːkʊʃə) /
noun plural -sha or -shas
a survivor of either of the atomic-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945
Word Origin for hibakusha
C20: from Japanese, from hibaku exposed + -sha -person
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