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tsunami (n.)

1896, in reference to the one that struck Japan that year on June 15, from Japanese tsunami, from tsu "harbor" + nami "waves."

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Definitions of tsunami from WordNet

tsunami (n.)
a cataclysm resulting from a destructive sea wave caused by an earthquake or volcanic eruption;
a colossal tsunami destroyed the Minoan civilization in minutes
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