[koh-chin, koch-in]


one of an Asian breed of chickens, resembling the Brahma but slightly smaller.

Nearby words

  1. coch. parv.,
  2. cochabamba,
  3. cochair,
  4. cochairman,
  5. cochairperson,
  6. cochin china,
  7. cochin-china,
  8. cochineal,
  9. cochineal cactus,
  10. cochineal insect

Origin of cochin

First recorded in 1850–55; short for Cochin-China fowl




a former state in SW India; merged with Travancore 1949; a part of Kerala state since 1956.
former name of Kochi. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cochin



a region and former state of SW India: part of Kerala state since 1956
a port in SW India, on the Malabar Coast: the first European settlement in India, founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502: shipbuilding, engineering. Pop: 596 473 (2001)Local official name: Kochi
a large breed of domestic fowl, with dense plumage and feathered legs, that originated in Cochin China
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