Ryukyu

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 琉球 (Ryūkyū), from Middle Chinese 流求 (ljuw-gjuw, a Chinese exonym for the island kingdom, of unclear origin) (compare Mandarin Liúqiú 琉球).

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Ryukyu

  1. A chain of islands roughly between Kyushu and Taiwan.

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