Hiroshima

Hiroshima

[heer-oh-shee-muh, hi-roh-shuh-muh; Japanese hee-raw-shee-mah]
noun
a seaport on SW Honshu, in SW Japan: first military use of atomic bomb August 6, 1945.
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Hiroshima (ˌhɪrɒˈʃiːmə, hɪˈrɒʃɪmə)
 
n
a port in SW Japan, on SW Honshu on the delta of the Ota River: largely destroyed on August 6, 1945, by the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare, dropped by the US, which killed over 75 000 of its inhabitants. Pop: 1 113 786 (2002 est)

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Hiroshima
city in Japan, lit. "broad island," from Japanese hiro "broad" + shima "island." So called in ref. to its situation on the delta of the Ota River.
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Hiroshima [(heer-uh-shee-muh, huh-roh-shuh-muh)]

A Japanese city on which the United States dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, on August 6, 1945. After the devastation of the bombing, Hiroshima was largely rebuilt.

Hiroshima [(hir-uh-shee-muh, hi-roh-shuh-muh)]

City on the southwest coast of Honshu Island, Japan; a commercial and industrial center.

Note: On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was almost completely destroyed by the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a populated area. Followed by the bombing of Nagasaki, on August 9, this show of Allied strength hastened the surrender of Japan in World War II.
Note: Many survivors of these bombings have suffered from a variety of diseases caused by radiation, such as leukemia.
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