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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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He resolves, then, to await an external solution from a source free of the fuku arnericanus, a powerful yet non-threatening female presence that will relieve him of having to undergo the painful emotional process himself.
I also saw how the scary blow fish or fuku was cleaned.
African slave ships bring with them the fuku, and it is the fuku, at the novel's opening, that gives shape and possibility to the Dominican and American tales that evolve in later pages" (213).
On the other hand cryopreservation of an intermediate stage oocyte such as GVBD has been thought to avoid some of the cryoinjuries associated with cryopreservation of GV or MII oocytes (Fuku et al.
Tal era el grado de violencia, masacre e intimidacion que llego a despertar este personaje en la historia reciente de la Republica Dominicana, que ha sido relacionado, incluso, con el Fuku, elemento de la cultura popular dominicana asociado con el infortunio, la desgracia y la mala suerte (De Maeseneer).
introduces the idea of a fuku or curse that has attached itself to Oscar and his family, the novel provides a description of the very young Oscar's winning ways with women, thereby firmly establishing from the outset the connection between sexual conquest and traditional Dominican masculinity.
Yunior's image of Lola's daughter represents the possibility of Dominican culture to break the fuku curse and the influence of Trujillo/Sauron's evil eye.
Although non-Japanese readers cannot recognize these big letters, "KEI MEN RAN KEI/KIU MAN MAN KEI/JITSU GETSU KO KWA/TAN FUKU TAN KAI" (4) (Legge 14), at least they can sense the visual effect created by such images.
Of the 21 artists in this exhibition, four are deceased, including Sakaida Kakiemon XIV, born in 1934, who has been designated a Living National Treasure; Fukumoto Fuku (b 1973) together with Kitamura Junko (b 1956), are the only females and Wada Akira (b 1978) is the youngest at 35.
This also marks the beginning of the family's personal fuku, the bad luck that has plagued them for generations and which not even diaspora can eradicate.
They can be found at events such as the Tuesday Blend Project, Fuku Burger's West Side Wednesday's and First Friday Las Vegas.