from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The central Shinto deity, a sun goddess believed to be the ancestor of the Japanese royal family.

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  • proper n. The Japanese sun goddess.
  • proper n. the sun

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan


From Japanese 天照 (Amaterasu). (Wiktionary)


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