from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traditional Japanese puppet theater featuring large puppets operated by onstage puppeteers with a narrative recited from offstage. The puppets have heads, hands, and feet of wood attached to a bodiless cloth costume.
Japanese : after the Bunraku-za theater built in the early 19th century by Bunraku-ken Oemurea (died 1810).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)