Tonkin

[ ton-kin, tong- ]
/ ˈtɒnˈkɪn, ˈtɒŋ- /
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noun

a former state in N French Indochina, now part of Vietnam.
Gulf of, an arm of the South China Sea, W of Hainan. 300 miles (485 km) long.

Also Tongking, Ton·king [ton-king, tong-] /ˈtɒnˈkɪŋ, ˈtɒŋ-/.

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Tonkin

Tongking (ˈtɒŋˈkɪŋ)

/ (ˈtɒnˈkɪn) /

noun

a former state of N French Indochina (1883–1946), on the Gulf of Tonkin: forms the largest part of N Vietnam
Gulf of Tonkin an arm of the South China Sea, bordered by N Vietnam, the Leizhou Peninsula of SW China, and Hainan Island. Length: about 500 km (300 miles)
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