Pronunciation: (u-kē'tu),[key] —n. 1. a seaport on N Honshu, in N Japan, on the Sea of Japan. 284,830.
2. (sometimes l.c.) one of a Japanese breed of large, muscular dogs having a broad head with erect ears, a stiff coat of brown, red, black, or brindle color, and a long tail curled over its back, originally bred for hunting, now often used as a guard dog.