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[hee-buh-koo-shuh; Japanese hee-bah-koo-shah] /ˌhi bəˈku ʃə; Japanese hiˈbɑ kʊˌʃɑ/
noun, plural hibakushas, hibakusha.
a survivor of either of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945.
< Japanese, equivalent to hibaku bombed (hi- suffer + baku- burst open, explode < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bèi bào) + -sha person < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese chě Unabridged
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  • Some of the artists whose work will appear in the exhibition are hibakusha, or survivors of the nuclear blasts.
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noun (pl) -sha, -shas
a survivor of either of the atomic-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945
Word Origin
C20: from Japanese, from hibaku exposed + -sha -person
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