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tae kwon do  (tī kwon dō),USA pronunciation 
  • Sporta Korean martial art, a particularly aggressive form of karate, that utilizes punches, jabs, chops, blocking and choking moves, and especially powerful, leaping kicks.
  • Also,  taekwondo. 
    • Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese dào)
    • Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese quán) + -do, combining form of to way (
    • Middle Chinese, akin to Chinese tái) + kwŏn fist (
    • Korean t'aekwŏndo, equivalent. to t'ae- trample (
    • 1965–70


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    tae kwon do /ˈtaɪ ˈkwɒn ˈdəʊ; ˈteɪ/ n
    1. a Korean martial art that resembles karate
    Etymology: 20th Century: Korean tae kick + kwon fist + do way, method



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