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[koh-chin-chahy-nuh, koch-in-] /ˈkoʊ tʃɪnˈtʃaɪ nə, ˈkɒtʃ ɪn-/
a former state in S French Indochina: now part of Vietnam.
French Cochinchine
[kaw-shan-sheen] /kɔ ʃɛ̃ˈʃin/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for cochin china
Historical Examples
  • French cochin china occupies the most southern portion of the peninsula.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • She was engaged in driving home a cochin china hen and her chickens.

    Revised Edition of Poems William Wright
  • My opinion is divided between the south down and the cochin china.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck
  • It was the 2d of December, and we too were now off the coast of cochin china.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • If he had said cochin china she could not have appeared more surprised.

    Two on the Trail

    Hulbert Footner
  • Adultery is punished in Siam by fine, and in cochin china by death.

    The History of Prostitution William W. Sanger
  • Oh, it is a cochin china fowl, an image of some of our neighbours, like the others.

    Where There is Nothing William Butler Yeats
  • The books state correctly that it is a native of cochin china.

    About Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The antiquity of the orange and mandarin is less, both species being from China and cochin china.

  • On leaving cochin china she had drawn 31 feet of water, but on her arrival at Dartmouth she drew only 26.

British Dictionary definitions for cochin china

Cochin China

a former French colony of Indochina (1862–1948): now the part of Vietnam that lies south of Phan Thiet
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Word Origin and History for cochin china


old name of a region and French colony in southern Vietnam, from French Cochin-China, from Portuguese corruption of Ko-chen, of uncertain meaning; the China added to distinguish it from the town and port of Cochin in southwest India, the name of which is Tamil, perhaps from koncham "little," in reference to the river there.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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