Catai

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See also: catai and catái

Italian[edit]

Antica mappa del Catai. — Ancient map of Cathay.

Etymology[edit]

From Latin Kitai &c., from its Khitan original Khita(n), probably via Uyghur.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kaˈtai/, [käˈt̪äi̯]
  • Rhymes: -ai
  • Stress: Catài
  • Hyphenation: Ca‧tai

Proper noun[edit]

Catai m

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  1. (historical) Cathay (historical name of northern China)
    • 1298, Marco Polo, Il Milione, Giuseppe Pagani (1827), Chapter 111, p.125:
      Ciaglu è una molto gran città nella provincia del Catai, ed è del Gran Cane, e sono idoli;
      Chaglu is a very large city in the province of Cathay: under the Great Khan, and [the people] are idolaters;
    • 1516, Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando furioso, Gabriel Giolito (1551), Canto XIX, p.85:
      Queſta, ſe non ſapete, Angelica era ¶ del Gran Can del Catai la figlia altiera.
      This, if you don't know, was Angelica ¶ haughty daughter of the Great Khan of Cathay.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sinor, D. (1998) "The Kitan and the Kara Kitay" in History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Vol. IV, Pt. I, UNESCO, p. 241.

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See Italian

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Proper noun[edit]

Catai m

  1. (historical) Cathay (historical name of northern China)