Yangtze

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An irregular transliteration from Mandarin 揚子江 (Yángzǐ Jiāng), an older Chinese name of the part of the river near Yangzhou.

The folk etymology that it means "Son of the Ocean" derives from the homophonic misnomer which was apparently given to Matteo Ricci, whose posthumously-published journals popularized the name in Europe as Latin Iansu and Iansuchian.

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Yangtze

  1. The longest river in China that flows to the East China Sea north of Shanghai.

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