hyoshigi

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 拍子木.

Noun[edit]

hyoshigi (plural hyoshigi)

  1. (sumo) The wooden sticks that are clapped by the yobidashi to draw the spectator's attention.
    • 1978, Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea, Vintage 1999, p. 247:
      I put the glasses down and found that my heart was beating fast, thumping with an accelerating sound like that of the hyoshigi which I had last heard in that sombre vaporous gallery in the Wallace Collection.