Ryu·​kyu | \ rēˈ(y)ü(ˌ)kyü, rə̇ˈ- \

Definition of Ryukyu

: the language of the Ryukyuan people that is related to Japanese

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First Known Use of Ryukyu

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Ryukyu

from the Ryukyu islands, southwest of Japan

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The first known use of Ryukyu was circa 1934

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“Ryukyu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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