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fugu

(fo͞o′go͞o)
n.
Any of various pufferfishes that are used as food, especially in Japan, after the poisonous skin and organs have been removed.

pufferfish

A fish that inflates itself into a balloon-like shape as a defence mechanism. Raw pufferfish is a delicacy in Japan, where an estimated 10,000 tons are consumed/year. Some fugu parts—intestine, liver, ovaries, skin—have a high concentration of tetrodotoxin, a selective sodium channel blocker that blocks the neuromuscular junction, causing numbness, motor weakness, ataxia, respiratory paralysis, coma and death.
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the Admiral's very name has become synonymous with both kinds of fuku,
10) Si bien no quedo convencido de que el manuscrito encontrado sea la novela misma en su totalidad, como sugieren varios criticos como Saldivar y Hanna--esta hipotesis no explica numerosas secciones de la trama que ocurren antes de la vida del protagonista y cuya ocultacion se insinua como la causa del fuku, la maldicion de la familia--importa notar el guino de Junot Diaz a la critica literaria, lo cual es caracteristica perspicua de su escritura.
7) explicitly invokes Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magic realist novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, while Yunior's disclaimers about the reality of marvelous events such as the appearance of the mongoose or the existence of the fuku or curse set his narrative apart from the magic realist mode in which the magical is accepted as real with no hesitation expressed by the narrator.
The fuku curse illustrates how the people of the Caribbean have used folk stories and legends in order to construe and explicate the history of colonialism, the end of the European imperialistic enterprise, and the ongoing struggle to form independent nation-states.
use the word epicenter deliberately to invoke the 2010 earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which (along with the cholera outbreak that has followed) might be seen as one of the most recent returns of Santo Domingo's fuku.
Las vidas de los dos hermanos se ven condicionadas inevitablemente por la presencia de la madre de ambos, Belicia Cabral, el personaje que mas se vio afectado por el fuku y a quien Diaz dedica su tercera seccion.
In the diamond cartouche is the good luck mark commonly found on Japanese ceramics, fuku, while the single character in the circle is ju, longevity.
But in those elder days, fuku had it good; it even had a hypeman of sorts, a high priest, you could say.
Fuku Americanus: Oscar, Lola & Yunlor, adapt and dir: Sean San Jose.
Al igual que ocurre con el Azar, el Destino, las fuerzas de la Historia o lo que llamamos intervencion divina, el fuku puede saltar continentes y generaciones pero, a diferencia de semejantes potencias, solo pretende hacer dano de manera implacable.
While Wolfe's novels inspired Yamauchi's early attempts at writing, she was also heavily influenced by the literary atmosphere of Poston Camp, which housed such pioneers of Japanese American literature as Hisaye Yamamoto, Fuku Tsukiyama, Richard Nishimoto, and Nikki Sawada Bridges (Cheung 360).
The most characteristic play is Fuku no kami (The God of Happiness), in which the God of Happiness appears in front of two of his worshipers at the temple and instructs them in how to be happy, after announcing that he is thirsty and asking for sake; he tells them, accompanied by a chorus, not to be greedy about money, but to make their homes happy with their wives and to serve their guests good sake.