American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- An island in the East China Sea off the southeast coast of mainland China. It remained a Nationalist stronghold after the Communist revolution of 1949 and is now administered by Taiwan.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The most common tree of Japan, a pine which attains great age and size, Pinus Massoniana. It is a fine tree for avenues, and its wood is valuable for house-carpentry and furniture.
“[Footnote 141: The play in the original is on the word Matsu, which has the double signification of "a pine-tree" and "to wait."] [Footnote 142: Mount Lover and Mount Lady-love (Se-yama and Imo-yama) in the province of Yamato.] [Footnote 143: The reference in this song is to an old superstition.”
“Devotees of Matsu call themselves 'Matsu's children.”
“On the other hand, I am familiar with the controversy over Quemoy and Matsu (sic).”
“The Fort Greene couple's tiny dog Matsu, a 2-year-old black and tan Yorkie, was stolen outside of a deli at Atlantic Terminal on Aug. 12, just a few blocks from their home.”
“So 10-pound Matsu and his adorable fluffy ears and too-friendly demeanor were bait.”
“Although the other two occurred under completely different circumstances than with Matsu.”
“She says she has never left Matsu tied up outside alone and says her boyfriend doesn't usually, either.”
“Certainly they were daring: Within little more than a decade of coming to power in 1949, he had gone to war with the U.S. in Korea, cemented Washington's military alliance with Taipei by bombarding the Taiwanese islands of Quemoy and Matsu, waged a brief war with India over some Himalayan outposts, and turned the Soviet Union into an avowed enemy.”
“Ortega, wife of the Peruvian Minister, and Matsu Sakari,”
“On March 14, 1701, Takuminokami Asano, the lord of Ako Castle, spitefully wielded his sword on Kozukenosuke Kira in the Matsu Corridor of Edo Castle.”
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