- a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled the country 1160–85.
- former name of Iwaki.
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Examples from the Web for taira
The name of so humble a thing was unfamiliar to the Taira lords.
The Taira evacuated the Capital in the second year of Juyei, 1188.
We are looking for Kagekiyo the Passionate who fought for the Taira.
One called Kagekiyo the Passionate who fought for the Taira.
One Imperial candidate was supported by the Taira, the other by the Minamoto.Warriors of Old Japan and Other Stories
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