shizoku

Shizoku

Shi*zo"ku\, n. sing. & pl. [Jap. shi-zoku, fr. Chin. ch' (chi) branch, posterity + tsu kindered, class.] The Japanese warrior gentry or middle class, formerly called samurai; also, any member of this class.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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