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[koh-chin-chahy-nuh, koch-in-]
  1. a former state in S French Indochina: now part of Vietnam.
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French Co·chin·chine [kaw-shan-sheen] /kɔ ʃɛ̃ˈʃin/.
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old name of a region and French colony in southern Vietnam, from French Cochin-China, from Portuguese corruption of Ko-chen, of uncertain meaning; the China added to distinguish it from the town and port of Cochin in southwest India, the name of which is Tamil, perhaps from koncham "little," in reference to the river there.

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