Cathay

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Etymology[edit]

From Portuguese Catai, from Khitan (契丹, Qìdān), the Chinese name of a Mongolian tribe who ruled Manchuria from 907-1115 CE. Cognate with Spanish Catay and Russian Кита́й (Kitáj, China).

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Proper noun[edit]

Cathay

  1. The name that was given to northern China by Marco Polo
  2. by extension, an alternate name for China.