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A·ki·ta 1(ä-kē′tə, ä′kĭ-tä′)
A city of northwest Honshu, Japan, on the Sea of Japan. It is a major port.
A dog of a large breed developed in Japan for hunting, having small erect ears, a curled tail carried over the back, and a thick coat of various colors.
[After Akita prefecture in northwest Honshu, Japan, where the breed is thought to have originated.]
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(Breeds) a large powerfully-built dog of a Japanese breed with erect ears, a typically white coat, and a large full tail carried curled over its back
[C20: named after a district in N Japan]
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n., pl. -tas.
1. a seaport on N Honshu, in N Japan, on the Sea of Japan. 302,000.
2. one of a Japanese breed of large, muscular dogs with a broad, triangular head, erect ears, a stiff coat, and a long, curled tail.
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