from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Chinese provincial tax levied at many inland stations upon imports or articles in transit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tax, originally of one cash per tael on the value of all sales, imposed by the people of China upon themselves, in order to make up the deficiency in the land-tax, during the Taiping rebellion (1850–64). It was to be set apart for military purposes only, and was intended to be merely a temporary measure.
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