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

  • A province of southeast-central China. Under Chinese rule since the third century B.C., the province is noted for its timber and mineral resources. Changsha is the capital. Population: 63,200,000.

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  • proper n. A province of the People's Republic of China, located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting.

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  • n. a province in southeastern central China between the Nan Ling mountains and the Chang Jiang; noted for its timber and valuable mineral resources


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meaning "south of the lake" referring to Lake Dongting


  • Having observed on several trips to his native Hunan province the rising tide of peasant unrest, Mao Zedong published in a Communist journal his essay “Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” (Feb.).

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  • � Pastor XING JINGFU: (Foreign language spoken) LIM: They stopped my church from meeting and from preaching, Pastor Xing Jingfu from Changsha in Hunan told NPR.

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  • I haven't been to Xinjiang, but back home in Hunan, I studied in at least two cities, Yongzhou and Changsha.

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  • He informed me that the Patriotic Catholic Association was particularly severe there, and that two of the priests are intimately involved with the Communist authorities in Hunan, and that they are suspicious and paranoid of visitors from the outside.

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  • Shi Tao, 37, worked for the Contemporary Business News in Hunan province, before he was arrested and sentenced in April to 10 years in prison ...

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  • During the last two years especially it has been found that the province of Hunan is one of the most resourceful of all the provinces, especially in the line of antimony; it is said that eighty per cent. of the world's output of antimony is now found in that one province, in addition to tin, zinc and other metals in this great city of Changsha, which has time and again rioted foreigners out and destroyed their buildings.

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  • Another explosion on Thursday destroyed most of a multistory police station and killed a police driver in Huangshi township in southern Hunan province, according to the local government and to the English-language China Daily newspaper.

    Chinese Bomb Blast Adds to Unrest

  • * As distinguished from Hunan, which is to the south, Honan is in the north.

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  • Driven into exile in southern Chu (south of the Yangtze, in the general area now known as Hunan province), Qu led a wandering life as a poet and visionary, remaining loyal in memory to the ruler who had ousted him.

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  • Hû appears to be the largest, mostly in the province of Hunan, which is sixty-five or seventy miles long.

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