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 (rē-o͞o′kyo͞o′ən, ryo͞o′kyo͞o-ən)
1. A native or inhabitant of the Ryukyu Islands.
2. Any of the Japonic languages spoken in the Ryukyu Islands, such as Okinawan.

Ryu′kyu′an adj.
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Noun1.Ryukyuan - a member of the Japanese people living on the Ryukyu Islands southwest of Japan
Japanese, Nipponese - a native or inhabitant of Japan
2.Ryukyuan - the language (related to Japanese) that is spoken by the people of the Ryukyu Islands
Japanese - the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
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The island is made of a unique mineral, Ryukyuan limestone (a white coral rock that reminds me of the Bohol stone), which is made into traditional pottery.
Origin of the Ryukyuan native pigs inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences.
In 1874, the Japanese government concluded a settlement with the Qing government of China over the killing of Ryukyuan castaways in Taiwan in which the Chinese recognized the right of the Japanese militarily to retaliate against the Taiwanese in order to protect their citizens (146-147).
Topics of the 12 papers include a typology of postlexical tonal neutralizations, a typology of tone system changes, common tone Sandhi processes across Sino-Tibetan languages, tonal neutralization in the Ikema dialect of Miyako Ryukyuan, and bilingualism and accent changes in Kagoshima Japanese.
It was also followed by large-scale studies, using an extraordinary amount of fingerprint samples that had been collected during the 1920s and 1930s for the articulation of racial knowledge, including samples from European and Asian nationals to indigenous populations such as Ainu, Ryukyuan, and Taiwanese tribes (see Hibino, 1935, pages 2199-2201).
This is confirmed by the existence of Ryukyuan (2) cognates for this word, which usually also refer to dead spirits and ancestors, as well as to Buddha statues and figurines in general: Yoron putui (Kiku and Takahashi 2005: 501), Shuri [??]utuki (Kokuritsu kokugo kenkyujo 1963: 224), Ishigaki putugi (Miyagi 2003: 957), Yonaguni mutugi (Uwano 2009: 24) < proto-Ryukyuan * potokeB.
Cryptic diversification of the swamp eel Monopterus albus in East and Southeast Asia with special reference to the Ryukyuan populations.
(6) Hamashita introduces the document in this way: "The Lidai baoan is a compilation of manuscripts, written in Chinese, relating to Ryukyuan contacts with China, Korea, and eight Southeast Asian countries (or more precisely, port towns), covering the 444 years from 1424 to 1867." Takeshi Hamashita, China, East Asia, and the Global Economy: Regional and Historical Perspectives, New York: Routledge, 2008, 58.
Later chapters follow the rise of Ryukyuan kingdom and its links to the neighboring states of China, Korea and Japan.
The Choson government began constructing a tribute system for overland (Jurchen) contacts and for maritime (Japanese and, later, Ryukyuan) contacts in the 1420s.
A 1966 State Department memorandum noted, "While our legal rights in the Ryukyus are clear, effective use of our bases would be impossible without Japanese and Ryukyuan cooperation." (18) For American defense planners during the Cold War, Okinawa and its "extensive and highly developed complex of military bases" were critical to U.S.
1973), a singer from the Yaeyami Islands chain in the Ryukyuan archipelago.