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ya•ku•za



Pronunciation: (yä'koo-zä"), [key]
n.,
pl. -za.

1. any of various tightly knit Japanese criminal organizations having a ritualistic, strict code of honor.
2. such organizations collectively.
3. a member of such an organization; gangster.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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