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

  • A Chinese dynasty (traditionally dated 1766-1122 B.C.) whose capital was present-day Anyang. The dynasty's reign was marked by a highly developed social structure, advanced writing, and the use of bronze.

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  • n. the imperial dynasty ruling China from about the 18th to the 12th centuries BC


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