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A Japanese school that prepares students for entrance exams, as for admission to a university, and is attended in addition to public school.
[Japanese, from Early Middle Chinese dʑuwk, gate room, private school (also the source of Mandarin shú).]
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(in Japan) a school offering intensive education outside normal school hours
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n., pl. -ku.
(in Japan) a school, attended in addition to one's normal school, where students prepare for college entrance examinations.
[1980–85; < Japanese]
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