from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A Chinese dynasty (traditionally dated 1122-221 B.C.) characterized by great intellectual achievements, including the rise of Confucianism and Taoism and the writing of the oldest known Chinese literature.
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- proper n. A former dynasty in China, reigning from the end of the Shang to the beginning of the Qin
- proper n. A former kingdom or empire in China, occupying the lands around the Yellow River
- proper n. The era of Chinese history during which the dynasty reigned, including the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States periods
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- n. the imperial dynasty of China from 1122 to 221 BC; notable for the rise of Confucianism and Taoism
Chinese (Mandarin) Zhōu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)