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From Japanese 三菱 (Mitsubishi), literally “three water chestnuts”, from the family crest.


Mitsubishi (plural Mitsubishis)

  1. A car manufactured by the Mitsubishi company (originally of Japan, but now with branches abroad).
    • 2007, Nick Mills, Karzai: The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle... ISBN 0470134003, page 69:
      “I still marvel today at how those Toyotas and Nissans and Mitsubishis were able to cross the terrain that they did.” Away from the few paved roads in Afghanistan, vehicular travel is tortuous and perilous. The roads often appear to be no road at all.
    • 2013, Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves ISBN 0545577179:
      Of course, it wasn't really a movie theater; [] . He vaguely recalled, with less acuity than a dream, watching an endless video of Saudi Arabian street racing on the big pull-down screen last night. [] He couldn't focus on anything except one hundred white Mitsubishis in a field. “You didn't throw up,” Kavinsky noted, from his perch two seats away. He held Ronan's phone. “Most people throw up after drinking that much.” Ronan didn't say the truth []
  2. A plane manufactured by this company, especially during the Second World War.
    • 2003, A. Robert Hill, Stars of the Southern Cross ISBN 0595292763, page 123:
      Lanphier gazed upward. A few thousand feet above them and about five miles off were faint outlines against a sky of blue. The faint outlines were interpreted to be six Zeros and two other Mitsubishis.
    • 2013, Stuart Slade, The High Frontier ISBN 1939335132, page 77:
      If a plane was heard overhead, every man would kneel. An entire unit would vanish, as if it had never been. An enemy oculd be a meter from such a man and still not see him. So what chance did the Mitsubishis stand?
    • 2015, Jeffrey Cox, Rising Sun, Falling Skies: The disastrous Java Sea ISBN 1472808347:
      At 10:05 am, having circled around, eight of the Mitsubishis were again approaching,this time from the port bow. They were trying to line the cruiser up to provide the maximum target for bombers, which was the opposite of the maximum target for torpedo aircraft.
  3. A (single dose of a) particular kind of ecstasy (drug).
    • 2006, Lynn Marie Smith, Rolling Away: My Agony with Ecstasy ISBN 0743490444, page 26:
      “I don't know what kind of roll you guys are looking for, but the Mitsubishis are what's hot right now. Not too speedy, not too mellow, a nice high.
    • 2011, Simon Reynolds, Bring the Noise: 20 Years of Writing About Hip Rock ISBN 1593764014, page 330:
      So how has Rule managed to go from gangsta rap's gun talk and bloody sagas of paranoia and revenge to loved-up ditties about nights rolling on Mitsubishis? Let's be honest, though. The E-influenced lyrics that have emerged []
    • 2014, Marc Weidenbaum, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works ISBN 1623563437, volume 2:
      It was a very rare E scene, everyone was doing — what were they called? — Mitsubishis, taking these pills called Mitsubishis. Very frenetic. I think it was on Wednesdays. I used to go to that regularly because I just thought he was an amazing DJ."




  1. Rōmaji transcription of みつびし