from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A peninsula of southeast Asia comprising Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), and the mainland territory of Malaysia. The area was influenced in early times by the cultures of India and China.
  • The former French colonial empire in southeast Asia, including much of the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula. French influence extended from roughly 1858 to the fall of Dien Bien Phu (1954).

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  • proper noun The former French colonial part of Southeast Asia comprising the peninsula containing Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos


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