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Maru may refer to:




  • In Japanese:
    • maru (まる), meaning circle (◯; Unicode: U+25EF)
    • maru (まる), meaning "correct"; the opposite of batsu
    • maru (まる), meaning zero (0)
    • maru (丸), synonym for kuruwa, a type of Japanese castle wall
    • Synonym for handakuten, a Japanese diacritical mark ( ) used in kana to change an h to a p
    • A Japanese punctuation mark () for the end-of-sentence fullstop
  • Maru language, one of several languages spoken among the Kachin people in Myanmar/Burma and China.

Media and entertainment[edit]

  • Maru, a novel by Bessie Head
  • Maru (cat), a particular cat in Japan that has become an Internet celebrity
  • Maru (comics), a fictional villain appearing in the Master of Kung Fu series published by Marvel Comics
  • Maru's Mission, an action video game released in 1991 by Jaleco
  • Maru Piravi, an Indian Tamil film
  • Eureka Maru, a fictional starship from the television show Andromeda
  • Kobayashi Maru, training exercise in the films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek (2009)
  • Piper Maru, episode 3x15 of The X-Files
  • Piper Maru, the name of an icebreaker in the film Alien vs. Predator


  • The word maru is a common suffix to Japanese ship names. See Japanese ship-naming conventions. Notable examples include:
    • Daigo Fukuryu Maru, a fishing vessel exposed to radiation from a US nuclear test in 1954
    • Ehime Maru, a fishing training ship that collided with the USS Greeneville in 2001
    • Hashidate Maru, a Japanese oil tanker converted to factory whaling ship
    • Komagata Maru, a Japanese steam liner denied entry to Vancouver, Canada in 1914
    • Montevideo Maru, a Japanese ship sunk in World War II, resulting in the loss of large numbers of Australian prisoners of war and civilians and Australia's worst maritime disaster
    • Nippon Maru, flagship of daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century fleet
    • Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling ship involved in collisions with Greenpeace vessels in 1999 and 2006, and with Sea Shepherd ships in 2013
    • No. 23 Nittō Maru, a patrol boat sunk after it encountered the USS Hornet (CV-8), causing the early launch of the Doolittle Raid
    • Ryō Un Maru, a Japanese fishing boat washed away from her moorings after the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami, and was deliberately sunk on 5 April 2012 after entering U.S. waters off the coast of Alaska.
    • Tatsuta Maru, a Japanese troopship sunk in 1943
    • Shinyo Maru, a cargo ship that served as a hell ship, which transferred prisoners of war during World War II. Sunk by the USS Paddle in September of 1944.
    • Kobayashi Maru, a fictional starship in the television series "Star Trek" which is part of a simulated test for Captain Kirk.

Other uses[edit]

  • Alternate term for Madu, a weapon of Indian origin.
  • Maru, one of the ragas of the Sikh religion

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