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[mee-nah-maw-taw] /ˈmi nɑˈmɔ tɔ/
noun, plural Minamoto.
a member of a powerful family in Japan that ruled as shoguns from 1192 to 1333. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was succeeded by his son Munemori, who did not spare to direct all the strength of the clan against the Minamoto.

    Japan Various
  • One Imperial candidate was supported by the Taira, the other by the Minamoto.

  • Not being of the Minamoto family, he did not seek to make himself shogun, and for forty years this office ceased to exist.

  • Tsunemoto was a grandson of the Emperor Seiwa and founder of the renowned clan of Minamoto.

    Japan Various
  • And he committed the blunder of sparing the lives of two youthful sons of his defeated rival, the Minamoto chief.

  • This event terminated the descendants of the Minamoto family in the direct line.

    Japan Various
  • Up to this time the families of the Taira and the Minamoto had been friendly rivals in the field.

  • They were of the same blood as Nitta and Ashikaga and of the clan of Minamoto.

    Japan Various
  • Antoku was drowned but the Minamoto soldiers rescued his mother.

    Japan Various
  • One of the Minamoto, Tametomo by name, was an archer of marvellous powers.

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