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matsu

[mat-soo]
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noun
  1. a pine, Pinus massoniana, of China, yielding a wood used in furniture-making, the construction of houses, etc.
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Origin of matsu

1860–65; < Japanese, earlier matu

Matsu

[mat-soo, mat-soo; Chinese mah-dzoo]
noun
  1. Wade-Giles. an island off the SE coast of China, in the East China Sea: controlled by Taiwan. 17 sq. mi. (44 sq. km).
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Also Mazu.
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Historical Examples

  • Only Matsu knew that the name of her mistress's rescuer was Yoshisawa.

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • Matsu was her name, which is, in the speech of the country, the Pine Tree.

  • The pine-tree (Chinese sung, Japanese matsu) is a very common emblem, and to be found on many specimens.

  • Matsu, however, had sufficient presence of mind to throw her basket of flowers at the snake, which at once crawled away.

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis

  • However, he agreed to make inquiries concerning Yoshisawa, and Matsu returned to her mistress with something like good news.

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis


British Dictionary definitions for matsu

Matsu

Mazu

noun
  1. an island group in Formosa Strait, off the SE coast of mainland China: belongs to Taiwan. Pop: 9800 (2007 est). Area: 44 sq km (17 sq miles)
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