from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A river, about 780 km (485 mi) long, of central and southern Mississippi flowing southwest then south to the Gulf of Mexico. Its lower course forms part of the Mississippi-Louisiana border.
- See Zhu Jiang.
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- n. a river in southeast China that flows into the South China Sea
- n. a river in Mississippi that flows southward to the Gulf of Mexico
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Winds of 115 knots tore out of the north/northwest and sank one whole fleet of a hundred junks in the Pearl River Estuary.
Guangdong was once called Canton, and most of the Chinese immigrants to American Chinatowns throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries were Cantonese from Guangdong’s Pearl River Delta region—today a major manufacturing center of China that encompasses Hong Kong and Macau.
Payment was to be in gold on delivery, but en route, in the secret backwaters of the Pearl River Estuary, their junk had been intercepted by river pirates favoring Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalists and a ransom demanded.
They were a few miles southwest of Hong Kong, just out of the sea-lanes, PRC waters and the vast mouth of the Pearl River just to port, open sea to starboard.
These they smuggled onto a hired oceangoing junk with one of their trusted crews and sent it to Wampoa, a bleak island in the Pearl River near Canton.
Through his compradore Gornt had arranged a meeting in Aberdeen Harbor with Four Finger Wu, supposedly one of the biggest smugglers in the Pearl River Estuary.
* (* Fast crabs and scrambling dragons were opium-running craft.) "Well, there you are — he can send it up Pearl River to the Canton factories tomorrow, and sell it to the Hongs."
River, thence up the same to the mouth of Bear Creek, thence by a direct line to the north-west corner of the County of Washington, thence due south to the Gulf of Mexico, thence westwardly, include all of the island within six leagues of the shore, to the most eastern junction of Pearl River with Lake Borgne, thence up said