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cochin

[koh-chin, koch-in]
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noun
  1. one of an Asian breed of chickens, resembling the Brahma but slightly smaller.
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Origin of cochin

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

Cochin

[koh-chin]
noun
  1. a former state in SW India; merged with Travancore 1949; a part of Kerala state since 1956.
  2. former name of Kochi.
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Examples from the Web for cochin

Historical Examples

  • Finally, as in the case of Cochin, apartments were assigned to him in the Louvre.

    De Libris: Prose and Verse

    Austin Dobson

  • We passed Cochin in the course of the day, but not near enough to see much of it.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • She was taken back to Columbo, and thence to Cochin, where she hove down.

  • The largest are the tall Cochin Chinas; the smallest the pert little Bantams.

  • French Cochin China occupies the most southern portion of the peninsula.


British Dictionary definitions for cochin

Cochin

noun
  1. a region and former state of SW India: part of Kerala state since 1956
  2. 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
  3. a large breed of domestic fowl, with dense plumage and feathered legs, that originated in Cochin China
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