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1The sun as it appears or emerges above the horizon.
2With the. The east.
3A depiction of the sun appearing above the horizon, specifically as a decorative motif. Frequently attributive Compare sense 4b.
4With capital initials and the. Japan.
5A stylized representation of the sun as the emblem of Japan. Frequently attributive Compare sense 3.
land (also country, island, kingdom,etc.) of the rising sun
: used to denote a country, region, etc., associated with the east or the orient; specifically (a name for) Japan.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Earl of Surrey (?1517–1547), poet and soldier. From rising + sun.
rising sun/ˌrʌɪzɪŋ ˈsʌn/
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