Definitions

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  • proper n. A former region comprising southern Vietnam and part of Cambodia.

Etymologies

From French Cochin-China; from Portuguese corruption of Ko-chen, + China to distinguish from the Indian town of Cochin (which has a different etymology). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jamaica, thence make the short run to "Cochin China," and then turn southwards.

    The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2) with some account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest

  • Anything other than "Cochin China" is just plain wrong!

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • [[User: Howard C. Berkowitz | Howard C. Berkowitz]] 18: 03, 13 October 2008 (UTC):: '' 'Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11the Edition' '', which is about as standard a mainstream source as you can find, calls it '' 'Cochin China' ''.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • After that war France attempted to reestablish control over its former Indochinese possessions of Cochin China, Annam, and Tonkin, as well as Cambodia and Laos.

    Between War and Peace

  • At this time Jefferson was determined to have the dry rice of Cochin China, and, fortuitously, there was an envoy from that distant land actually in Paris.

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  • There was a large piece of ground devoted to an agricultural exhibition; and here, as at home, Cochin China fowls were

    The Englishwoman in America

  • There are therefore, in a single department in Europe, between the Alps and the Pyrenees, more than forty distinct small populations, who call themselves fellow-countrymen, but who are in reality as much strangers to one another as Tonquin is to Cochin China.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Twenty different authors, who lived in Cochin China, have successively written about it; it is incumbent on you to collate these twenty authors, to weigh their testimonies, to consult ancient records, to see if there is any mention of this elephant in the public registers; to examine whether the whole account is not a fable, which certain impostors have an interest in sanctioning.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In Cochin China, Tonquin, and China, where all Christian teachers are obliged to live in secret, and are liable to persecution, expulsion, and sometimes death, every province — even those farthest in the interior — has a permanent Jesuit mission establishment constantly kept up by fresh aspirants, who are taught the languages of the countries they are going to at Penang or Singapore.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • A woman brought in a cocoa-nut, and poured the milk into a gourd calabash, and the man handed me the dish of bananas, so I had an epicurean repast, and realized that I was in Cochin China!

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

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