[hoh-nan; Chinese hœ-nahn]


Wade-Giles. Henan.
(usually lowercase) Textiles.
  1. a pongee fabric made from the filaments of the wild silkworm.
  2. a lustrous fabric simulating pongee and woven from fibers other than silk.

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Historical Examples of honan

  • The largest is that at Honan, the southern suburb of Canton.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • "Catty Honan," cried Mary, with a gesture to enforce silence.

  • He peered into the stinking wells of Honan where women were cutting their own throats.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • The danger to those dear to us, touring in Honan, was very great.

  • We visited the Temple of Honan, a place of great sanctity to the natives.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for honan



(sometimes capital) a silk fabric of rough weave

Word Origin for honan

C20: from Honan, former name of Henan, where it is made



a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Henan
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