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[eng-gah-wah] /ɛŋˈgɑ wɑ/
a floor extension at one side of a Japanese-style house, usually facing a yard or garden and serving as passageway and sitting space.
Origin of engawa
< Japanese, equivalent to en edge, veranda (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán) + -gawa combining form of kawa (earlier kafa) side Unabridged
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  • We followed our hostess to the engawa (verandah) leading to the guest-room next to what had been Hearn's study.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • As we entered we passed along an engawa (verandah) bounding a tiny internal square of garden on our way to the reception-room.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes

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