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noun Archaic.
  1. Japan.
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Examples from the Web for cipango

Historical Examples

  • It was Cipango which Columbus and all the voyagers for half a century after him were seeking.

    Poems of American History


  • Once more he ran over the scheme which had brought him from Cipango.

  • What know I of the wonders of Cipango, since Candia lieth in an opposite course?

    Mercedes of Castile

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • But it was plain enough that the island they had found was not Cipango.

  • This, he concluded, could be no other than Cipango, or Japan.

British Dictionary definitions for cipango


  1. (in medieval legend) an island E of Asia: called Zipangu by Marco Polo and sought by Columbus; identified with Japan
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