- a pine, Pinus massoniana, of China, yielding a wood used in furniture-making, the construction of houses, etc.
Origin of matsu
1860–65; < Japanese, earlier matu
[mat-soo, mat-soo; Chinese mah-dzoo]
- 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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Examples from the Web for matsu
Was it really about islands named Quemoy and Matsu or the missile gap?Cheesy Grits, Y’all: In Defense of Mitt Romney’s Political Pandering
March 13, 2012
Only Matsu knew that the name of her mistress's rescuer was Yoshisawa.
Matsu was her name, which is, in the speech of the country, the Pine Tree.Japanese Fairy Tales
The pine-tree (Chinese sung, Japanese matsu) is a very common emblem, and to be found on many specimens.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
Matsu, however, had sufficient presence of mind to throw her basket of flowers at the snake, which at once crawled away.
However, he agreed to make inquiries concerning Yoshisawa, and Matsu returned to her mistress with something like good news.
- 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)