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In Japanese classical verse: a decorative word or short phrase placed before a name or other word, for the sake of imagery, euphony, metre, or solemnity.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Basil Hall Chamberlain (1850–1935), Japanologist. From pillow + word, after Japanese makura-kotoba pillow word.
pillow word/ˈpɪləʊ wəːd/
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