from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An artistic style heavily used in, and associated with, Japanese comics, and that has also been adopted by a comparatively low number of comics from other countries.
  • n. A comic originating in Japan, regardless of the artistic style.
  • n. A comic in manga style, regardless of the country of origin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Eccles., a case or cover; especially, the case for a processional or other cross when not in use, often of rich stuff or embroidered.
  • n. A cone-shaped bag for the filtration of amalgam.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Japanese 漫画 (manga), from  (man-, "random, uncontrolled") +  (-ga, "picture, sketch"). After an 1814 book by Katsushika Hokusai.



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  • The common meaning of this word is no longer the cover for a cross, but instead a type of comic book that originates in Japan. They are widely popular in many countries including the US.

    November 13, 2009