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[woo] /wu/
a dynasty that ruled in China a.d. 222–80.
a Chinese language having several dialects, spoken widely in Anhwei, Chekiang, and Kiangsu provinces and including the dialect of Shanghai. Unabridged
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  • As soon as he led Wu's horse forward the others proceeded as quietly as lambs.

    Camps and Trails in China Roy Chapman Andrews and Yvette Borup Andrews
  • Of the music of Wu, he said, It is thoroughly beautiful, but not thoroughly good.

  • There is a Chinese proverb to the effect that without having Wu Tung trees you cannot expect to see phœnixes in your garden.

    Mythical Monsters Charles Gould
  • “The birthday of the King of the Wu River is at hand,” said she.

  • Would it not be better to send him back with a letter to Wu, requiring gifts of betrothal?

    Eastern Shame Girl Charles Georges Souli
British Dictionary definitions for Wu


Harry, real name Wu Hongda. born 1937, Chinese dissident and human-rights campaigner, a US citizen from 1994: held in labour camps (1960–79); exiled to the US in 1985 but returned secretly to document forced labour in Chinese prisons


a group of dialects of Chinese spoken around the Yangtze delta
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Wu in Science
Chinese-born American physicist. Research with her colleagues on electron emission in the decay of radioactive elements showed that parity symmetry, long thought to hold for all physical laws, is in fact violated; the decay processes displayed odd parity, essentially entailing that nature distinguishes between right-handed and left-handed processes.
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The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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