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[soo-moh] /ˈsu moʊ/
a form of wrestling in Japan in which a contestant wins by forcing his opponent out of the ring or by causing him to touch the ground with any part of his body other than the soles of his feet, contestants usually being men of great height and weight.
Origin of sumo
1895-1900; < Japanese sumō, earlier suma(f)u to wrestle
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sumoist, noun Unabridged
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the national style of wrestling of Japan, the object of which is to force one's opponent to touch the ground with any part of his body except the soles of his feet or to step out of the ring
Word Origin
from Japanese sumō
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Word Origin and History for sumo

1880, from Japanese sumo "to compete."

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