Definitions

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

  • An island of southern Japan between southwest Honshu and eastern Kyushu. It was held by various feudal families from early times until c. 1600, when it was united under a single daimyo.

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  • proper noun The fourth largest of Japan's islands.

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  • noun the smallest of the four main islands of Japan; to the south of Honshu and to the east of Kyushu; separated from Honshu by the Inland Sea; forested and mountainous

Etymologies

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From 四国 (しこく, Shikoku, "four provinces").

Examples

  • Benesse House, on the island of Naoshima, off Shikoku, is one of the loveliest small museums in Japan.

    The Travel Advisory

  • Benesse House, on the island of Naoshima, off Shikoku, is one of the loveliest small museums in Japan.

    The Travel Advisory

  • One of the most beautiful — and remote — places to stay on Shikoku is Chiiori, in the Iya Valley.

    The Travel Advisory

  • One of the most beautiful — and remote — places to stay on Shikoku is Chiiori, in the Iya Valley.

    The Travel Advisory

  • This is a painting of a huge stack of old Shoyu (soy) jugs outside a historic town in Shikoku.

    Home is Where the Art Is; Open Thread

  • After the island of Awa, the producing couple gave birth to Awaji and subsequently to Shikoku, which is described as an island having four faces, namely, the provinces of Awa, Iyo, Tosa, and Sanuki.

    A History of the Japanese People From the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era

  • Last month two Japanese films, "Shikoku" and "Fancy Dance," broke the top 10 in South Korea.

    The Birth Of Asiawood

  • "There was a request from the government," said Satoshi Nishiyama , the nuclear power team manager of Shikoku Electric's Tokyo bureau.

    Japan Agency in New Storm

  • Shikoku Electric Power Co. said it sent a memo in 2006 asking its employees and those at related firms to give pro-nuclear views at a public event.

    Japan Agency in New Storm

  • Former ministry officials also hold board positions at other top power companies around the country, including Kansai Electric Power Co. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. At Electric Power Development Co., two former METI officials are on the board and one is an executive vice president.

    Nuclear Regulator Tied to Industry

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