Origin of Cathay
< Medieval Latin Cat(h)aya < Turkic; compare Tatar Kïtai
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Examples from the Web for cathay
One airline that has already banned shipments on its passenger flights is Cathay Pacific.Passenger Flights Must Stop Carrying Lithium-Ion Batteries as Cargo
May 5, 2014
This is the story of the Jesuit who more than 500 years ago made himself part of Cathay.James Fallows: 5 Favorite ‘Outsiders In China’ Books
May 11, 2012
We're registered here as a recruiting ship for Cathay, so it's no secret.
If one of those titans was to be used against Cathay, Earth's colony was doomed.
Yet if she did, he was sure that it would have been impossible not to use them in defense of the colony of Cathay.
The humans of Cathay might try a return raid, but he was unworried.
Cathay couldn't maintain the big ship, and it was practically useless.
- a literary or archaic name for China
C14: from Medieval Latin Cataya, of Turkic origin
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Word Origin and History for cathay
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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