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netsuke

[net-skee, -skey; Japanese ne-tsoo-ke]
noun
  1. (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.
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Origin of netsuke

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

noun
  1. (in Japan) a carved toggle, esp of wood or ivory, originally used to tether a medicine box, purse, etc, worn dangling from the waist
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Word Origin for netsuke

C19: from Japanese
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