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Cathay

[ka-they]
noun Literary or Archaic.
  1. China.
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Origin of Cathay

< Medieval Latin Cat(h)aya < Turkic; compare Tatar Kïtai
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  • We're registered here as a recruiting ship for Cathay, so it's no secret.

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  • If one of those titans was to be used against Cathay, Earth's colony was doomed.

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  • Yet if she did, he was sure that it would have been impossible not to use them in defense of the colony of Cathay.

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  • The humans of Cathay might try a return raid, but he was unworried.

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  • Cathay couldn't maintain the big ship, and it was practically useless.

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British Dictionary definitions for cathay

Cathay

noun
  1. a literary or archaic name for China
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Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin Cataya, of Turkic origin
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Word Origin and History for cathay

Cathay

n.

1560s, poetic name for "China," from Medieval Latin Cataya, from Turkish Khitai, from Uighur Khitai, name of a Tatar dynasty that ruled Beijing 936-1122.

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