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onnagata

[on-uh-gah-tuh; Japanese awn-nah-gah-tah] /ˌɒn əˈgɑ tə; Japanese ˈɔn nɑˈgɑ tɑ/
noun
1.
a male actor in kabuki who performs female roles.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; < Japanese
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n.

in Kabuki and similar drama, a man who plays female roles, 1901, from Japanese, from onna "woman" + kata "figure."

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