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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A region of northeast China comprising the modern-day provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning. It was the homeland of the Manchu people who conquered China in the 17th century and was hotly contested by the Russians and the Japanese in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chinese Communists gained control of the area in 1948.

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  • proper n. The historical name of a former region of north-east China, where the Qing Dynasty originated. Currently divided into regions corresponding to the historic names Inner Manchuria and Outer Manchuria.
  • proper n. A former state in East Asia ruled by the Qing Dynasty, which became incorporated into the Chinese state when the Qing conquered China.
  • proper n. The area traditionally inhabitted by ethnic Manchus and their predecessors, the Jurchen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a region in northeastern China

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