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[ah-moi, am-oi]
  1. Xiamen.
  2. a Fukienese dialect spoken in and around Xiamen, as well as on Taiwan and Hainan.
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Historical Examples

  • The Viceroy of Amoy sent a flag of truce to demand what was wanted.

    A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year

    Edwin Emerson

  • On the morning of the 29th of May, came into the port of Amoy and anchored.

  • From it there is a fine view of the bay and islands, and the city of Amoy.

  • We revisited Amoy, and then shaped our course for Hong Kong.

  • Looks like the boats we saw at Amoy, and as if she were going up to Wanghai.

    Blue Jackets

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for amoy


  1. a port in SE China, in Fujian province on Amoy Island, at the mouth of the Jiulong River opposite Taiwan: one of the first treaty ports opened to European trade (1842). Pop: 746 000 (2005 est)Modern Chinese name: Xiamen
  2. the dialect of Chinese spoken in Amoy, Taiwan, and elsewhere: a Min dialect
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Word Origin and History for amoy


old name for the island of southeastern China, now known as Xiamen. From 1851 as the name of a dialect of Chinese.

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