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a large dog, usually red in colour, which is a cross between a mastiff and a Great Dane: originally developed for dog-fighting; it is not recognized as a breed by kennel clubs outside Japan
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C20: from the name of a province of the island of Shikoku, Japan
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  • The tosa was used in Japan in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, and down to about twenty years ago.

    Abroad at Home Julian Street
  • "I will do my utmost to bring back a smile to her lips," said tosa.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • tosa gave his orders to the leaders of the troops whom he left behind; then hastened on to Chozan, where his ships awaited him.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • It was the palace of the Queen of tosa, who had been dead for several years.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • "tosa is a zealous servant," said Hieyas, with a shade of irony.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • She is the prisoner of the Prince of tosa; a messenger brought me the news yesterday.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • In tosa the evil was so rampant that a society for its prevention has been in existence for many years.

  • tosa had drawn his sword; he struck it against Nagato's blade.

    The Usurper Judith Gautier
  • The street of the suburb which led from this gate was not unlike the one which now opens from the tosa gate.

    The Betrothed Alessandro Manzoni
  • But the tosa agitators did not neglect to make capital out of the embarrassment caused by the Satsuma rebellion.

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