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  1. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a province in S China. 81,274 sq. mi. (210,500 sq. km). Capital: Changsha.
  2. Also Hu·nam [hoo-nahm] /ˈhuˈnɑm/. Chinese Cookery. a style of cooking from this province, characterized especially by the use of hot peppers.
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Historical Examples

  • The province of Hunan, south of the lake, is one of the most noteworthy in all China.

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  • This system of waterway drains the whole province of Hunan and beyond.

  • After that, it proceeds to Chuchow and Changsha, the capital of Hunan.

  • Others say her father was a shopkeeper at Ling-ling in Hunan.

  • My escort was now strengthened by a dozen men, mostly Hunan braves, armed with swords, to conduct me in safety to the Yang-tsze.

British Dictionary definitions for hunan


  1. a province of S China, between the Yangtze River and the Nan Ling Mountains: drained chiefly by the Xiang and Yüan Rivers; valuable mineral resources. Capital: Changsha. Pop: 66 630 000 (2003 est). Area: 210 500 sq km (82 095 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for hunan


Chinese province, literally "south of the lake" (Lake Dongting), from hu "lake" + nan "south."

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