from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th 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.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The most common tree of Japan, a pine which attains great age and size, Pinus Massoniana.


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  • [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.

    Japanese Literature Including Selections from Genji Monogatari and Classical Poetry and Drama of Japan

  • Devotees of Matsu call themselves 'Matsu's children.'

    Avron Boretz at the Swenson's Meet Up, June 3, 2006

  • Devotees of Matsu call themselves 'Matsu's children.'

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • 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.

    A Diplomat Looks East

  • She says she has never left Matsu tied up outside alone and says her boyfriend doesn't usually, either.

    Shortening the Leash

  • On the other hand, I am familiar with the controversy over Quemoy and Matsu (sic).

    Matthew Yglesias » The Think Tank Industrial Complex

  • 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.

    Shortening the Leash

  • Ortega, wife of the Peruvian Minister, and Matsu Sakari,


  • So 10-pound Matsu and his adorable fluffy ears and too-friendly demeanor were bait.

    Shortening the Leash

  • Although the other two occurred under completely different circumstances than with Matsu.

    Shortening the Leash


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