[nah-guh-sah-kee, nag-uh-sak-ee; Japanese nah-gah-sah-kee] Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a port in SW Japan, on W Kyushu: almost completely destroyed in 1945 by the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan by the US; shipbuilding industry. Pop: 419 901 (2002 est)
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Word Origin and History for nagasaki


Japanese city, named for its situation, from naga "long" + saki "headland, promontory."

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nagasaki in Culture


[(nah-guh-sah-kee, nag-uh-sak-ee)]

City in southern Japan; one of Japan's leading ports and shipbuilding centers.


The first Japanese port to welcome Western traders in the sixteenth century, it was the only Japanese port open to the West from 1641 to 1858.


Nagasaki became the second populated area to be devastated by an atomic bomb (see also atomic bomb), on August 9, 1945. (See also Hiroshima (see also Hiroshima).)
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