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See also: 合众国
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From Literary Chinese 合眾國, from 合 (“union”) + 眾國 (“democratic state”), which is a calque of English United States, probably coined by Elijah Coleman Bridgman before 1844. Soon rebracketed as 合衆 (gasshū, “assembly of people”) and 国 (koku).