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matsu

[mat-soo] /ˈmæt su/
noun
1.
a pine, Pinus massoniana, of China, yielding a wood used in furniture-making, the construction of houses, etc.
Origin of matsu
1860-1865
1860-65; < Japanese, earlier matu

Matsu

[mat-soo, mat-soo; Chinese mah-dzoo] /mætˈsu, ˈmæt su; Chinese ˈmɑ dzu/
noun
1.
Wade-Giles. an island off the SE coast of China, in the East China Sea: controlled by Taiwan. 17 sq. mi. (44 sq. km).
Also, Mazu.
Compare Quemoy.
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  • In his row with matsu he had forgotten the boy; forgotten that he was to carry him his dinner and give him his medicine.

    Travelers Five Along Life's Highway Annie Fellows Johnston
  • matsu, however, had sufficient presence of mind to throw her basket of flowers at the snake, which at once crawled away.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • This constant warfare with matsu was one of the few diversions the camp afforded, and every man made much of it.

    Travelers Five Along Life's Highway Annie Fellows Johnston
  • However, he agreed to make inquiries concerning Yoshisawa, and matsu returned to her mistress with something like good news.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Only matsu knew that the name of her mistress's rescuer was Yoshisawa.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • When matsu had told Shing what her father was doing on her behalf she rallied considerably, and was able to take food.

    Myths & Legends of Japan F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • The pine-tree (Chinese sung, Japanese matsu) is a very common emblem, and to be found on many specimens.

    Chats on Oriental China J. F. Blacker
  • Toward evening the plaintive notes which matsu mushi made at intervals made me feel unusually lonesome.

  • So she locked O matsu in a dark dungeon and gave her neither food nor drink.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
British Dictionary definitions for matsu

Matsu

/mætˈsuː/
noun
1.
an island group in Formosa Strait, off the SE coast of mainland China: belongs to Taiwan. Pop: 9800 (2007 est). Area: 44 sq km (17 sq miles)
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