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

  • The first Chinese dynasty (traditionally dated 2205?–1766? BC). No written documents or archaeological remains dating to the time of the Xia dynasty have been found to corroborate later accounts of the events of the period.

Etymologies

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

[Mandarin Xià, ancient name for China, name of the first Chinese dynasty, from Middle Chinese xɦjaʽ`.]

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