A giant monster, particularly such as those common to Japanese science fiction films, like Godzilla or Gamera. Short for 大怪獣 (giant kaiju).
Origin of Kaiju
From Japanese 怪獣 (かいじゅう, kaijū), from Middle Chinese 怪 (kwɛ̀j, “strange, fantastic”) + 獸 (ʃùw, “beast”) (compare Mandarin 怪兽 (guàishòu)).
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