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[koh-chin, koch-in] /ˈkoʊ tʃɪn, ˈkɒtʃ ɪn/
one of an Asian breed of chickens, resembling the Brahma but slightly smaller.
Origin of cochin
First recorded in 1850-55; short for Cochin-China fowl


[koh-chin] /ˈkoʊ tʃɪn/
a former state in SW India; merged with Travancore 1949; a part of Kerala state since 1956.
former name of Kochi. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Finally, as in the case of cochin, apartments were assigned to him in the Louvre.

  • We passed cochin in the course of the day, but not near enough to see much of it.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • She was taken back to Columbo, and thence to cochin, where she hove down.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • The largest are the tall cochin Chinas; the smallest the pert little Bantams.

  • 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
  • We pass from Travancore into the little State of cochin, on the north.

  • Their temple at cochin is one of the richest in the whole State.

British Dictionary definitions for cochin


/ˈkəʊtʃɪn; ˈkɒtʃ-/
a region and former state of SW India: part of Kerala state since 1956
a port in SW India, on the Malabar Coast: the first European settlement in India, founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502: shipbuilding, engineering. Pop: 596 473 (2001) Local official name Kochi
a large breed of domestic fowl, with dense plumage and feathered legs, that originated in Cochin China
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