Khitan

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Etymology[edit]

From Khitan Khita-i.png or Khita-i small.png, Khitai(n),[1] under influence from Chinese 契丹(Qìdān), Middle Chinese Khejtan, and Mongolian Кидан(Kidan). Cognate with Russian Кита́й(Kitáj, China) and the various forms of Cathay(legendary northern medieval China) in European languages.

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Khitan

  1. An extinct Mongolic language once spoken in the northern China.
  2. Ancient nomadic people who lived in that area.

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  1. ^ Variously also romanized Khita-i ("Khitan Geography, Pt. I") and Qid-i ("Khitan Geography, Pt. II").