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What is the meaning of “maru” in Japanese ship names?

April 12, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Shipping

Maru, pronounced mah-roo, is used in the names of Japanese merchant vessels to distinguish them from warships and other craft. For instance, Japanese name their ships “Yakiko Maru,” “Canberra Maru,” etc. Pop­ularly the word is regarded by Japanese as meaning simply “ship” or “steamship.” Just how it acquired this significance is not known for certain. …

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What is ginseng used for?

March 5, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Alternative Medicine

Ginseng is not used in the United States to any considerable extent. A negligible quantity is used by Chinese in America and a trifling amount by makers of medicine and drugs, but the consumption of the root is confined almost entirely to China and virtually the entire American supply is exported to that country. Opinion …

What birds are trained to fish for their masters?

December 31, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

In China, Japan and other parts of the Orient the large sea birds known as cormorants have been trained to fish for man since time immemorial. These birds display remarkable activity under water and they devour fish so greedily that they have become proverbial for their voracity and gluttony. When young they are easily tamed …

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