- Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a province in S China. 81,274 sq. mi. (210,500 sq. km). Capital: Changsha.
- Also Hu·nam [hoo-nahm] /ˈhuˈnɑm/. Chinese Cookery. a style of cooking from this province, characterized especially by the use of hot peppers.
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Examples from the Web for hunan
The province of Hunan, south of the lake, is one of the most noteworthy in all China.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
This system of waterway drains the whole province of Hunan and beyond.
After that, it proceeds to Chuchow and Changsha, the capital of Hunan.
Others say her father was a shopkeeper at Ling-ling in Hunan.Myths and Legends of China
E. T. C. Werner
My escort was now strengthened by a dozen men, mostly Hunan braves, armed with swords, to conduct me in safety to the Yang-tsze.Three Years in Western China
- a province of S China, between the Yangtze River and the Nan Ling Mountains: drained chiefly by the Xiang and Yüan Rivers; valuable mineral resources. Capital: Changsha. Pop: 66 630 000 (2003 est). Area: 210 500 sq km (82 095 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for hunan
Chinese province, literally "south of the lake" (Lake Dongting), from hu "lake" + nan "south."
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