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xian

[Chinese shyahn]
noun
  1. hsien.
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Xian

[shee-ahn]
noun Pinyin.
  1. a city in and the capital of Shaanxi province, in central China: capital of the ancient Chinese Empire.
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Also Sian, Singan, Xi'·an.
Formerly Changan.

Shaanxi

[shahn-shee]
noun Pinyin.
  1. a province in N central China. 75,598 sq. mi. (195,799 sq. km). Capital: Xian.
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Also Shensi.
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Shaanxi

Shensi

noun
  1. a province of NW China: one of the earliest centres of Chinese civilization; largely mountainous. Capital: Xi'an. Pop: 36 900 000 (2003 est). Area: 195 800 sq km (75 598 sq miles)
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