netsuke

[ net-skee, -skey; Japanese ne-tsoo-ke ]
/ ˈnɛt ski, -skeɪ; Japanese ˈnɛ tsʊˈkɛ /
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noun

(in Japanese art) a small figure of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic, originally used as a buttonlike fixture on a man's sash, from which small personal belongings were hung.

Nearby words

  1. netman,
  2. netrebko,
  3. netroot,
  4. netroots,
  5. netspeak,
  6. nett,
  7. netted melon,
  8. nettie,
  9. nettilling lake,
  10. netting

Origin of netsuke

1880–85; < Japanese, equivalent to ne root + tsuke (earlier tuke(y) attach

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netsuke

/ (ˈnɛtsʊkɪ) /

noun

(in Japan) a carved toggle, esp of wood or ivory, originally used to tether a medicine box, purse, etc, worn dangling from the waist

Word Origin for netsuke

C19: from Japanese

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