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hong

[ hong ]
/ hɒŋ /
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noun

(in China) a group of rooms or buildings forming a warehouse, factory, etc.
one of the factories under foreign ownership formerly maintained at Canton.

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Origin of hong

1720–30; <dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) hòhng, equivalent to Chinese háng row of shops
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hong
/ (hɒŋ) /

noun

(in China) a factory, warehouse, etc
(formerly, in Canton) a foreign commercial establishment

Word Origin for hong

C18: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect)
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