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

  • A region of southern Indochina including the rich delta area of the Mekong River. Originally a part of the Khmer Empire, it fell to the Annamese in the 18th century and to the French in the 19th century. The region forms the southern part of present-day Vietnam.
  • n. A large domestic fowl of a breed developed in Asia, having thickly feathered legs. Also called Cochin2, Shanghai2.

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After Cochin China 1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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