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Recent Examples of ninja from the Web
The 10 a.m. grand opening ceremony includes cutting of a 10-pound slab of bacon with a ninja knife, samples galore and live music.
Fernando Leon NBC Carson was the first local ninja to be featured on the show, which was filmed in April.
McGrath said her patient navigator, Angelette Hamilton, was a bureaucratic ninja, removing paperwork obstacles that kept her from taking care of herself and her family.
Attend the Akron-Summit County Public Library's Paper Arts in Japan program at 6:30 p.m. to learn about Japanese pop-culture and learn how to fold an origami crane or ninja star.
Cavani realising the danger Neymar is in, throws the fidget spinner like a ninja star, killing one of the kidnappers.
The summer program lasts seven weeks, and the meeting with the ninja warriors happened during the sixth week.
The realtor, oh the poor realtor, lists in detail all the features of the home avoiding the obvious like some sort of realtor ninja.
Sus Hi Eatstation: Get your ninja on at this sushi restaurant that serves customizable sushi dishes such as rolls, wraps and bowls.
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Did You Know?
Ninjas may seem mysterious, but the origin of their name is not. The word ninja derives from the Japanese characters "nin" and "ja." "Nin" initially meant "persevere," but over time it developed the extended meanings "conceal" and "move stealthily." In Japanese, "ja" is the combining form of sha, meaning "person." Ninjas originated in the mountains of Japan over 800 years ago as practitioners of ninjutsu, a martial art sometimes called "the art of stealth" or "the art of invisibility." They often served as military spies and were trained in disguise, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and also other martial arts. Popular legends still associate them with espionage and assassinations, but modern ninjas are most likely to study ninjutsu to improve their physical fitness and self-defense skills.
Origin and Etymology of ninja
First Known Use: 1964See Words from the same year
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