plural noun

ha·​ni·​wa ˈhä-nə-ˌwä How to pronounce haniwa (audio)
often capitalized
: large hollow baked clay sculptures placed on ancient Japanese burial mounds

Word History



First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haniwa was in 1931

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“Haniwa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haniwa. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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