Ryukyu

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See also: Ryūkyū

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 琉球 (Liúqiú).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹjuːkjuː/, /ɹiˈuːkjuː/

Proper noun[edit]

Ryukyu

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

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