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- proper n. Empire of China
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. China; -- so called from the Chinese words, tien chan, Heavenly Dynasty, as being the kingdom ruled over by the dynasty appointed by heaven.
- n. See under Celestial.
From the term Son of Heaven used to describe the Emperor of China, extended to cover his empire. (Wiktionary)