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

  • An island of Japan north of Honshu. It is the second largest of the Japanese islands but the least populated. Hokkaido became part of Japan in the medieval period (c. 1600) and was called Yezo or Ezo until 1868.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The second largest island of Japan, capital Sapporo

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The northernmost of the main islands of Japan. Together with the islands of Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku it forms the bulk of the land area of Japan.

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

  • n. the second largest of the four main islands of Japan; to the north of Honshu


From 北海道 (ほっかいどう, Hokkaidō, "North Sea Circuit"). (Wiktionary)



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