Cochin China


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Cochin China 1

A region of southern Indochina including the rich delta area of the Mekong River. Originally a part of the Khmer Empire, it fell to the Annamese in the 1700s and to the French in the 1800s. The region forms the southern part of present-day Vietnam.

[Ultimately from Portuguese Cauchichina : archaic Malay Kuchi, Vietnam (akin to Vietnamese Giao Chỉ, Annam, from a Chinese source equivalent to Mandarin Jiāozhǐ) + Portuguese China, China.]

Cochin China 2

n.
See Cochin2.

Cochin China

n
(Placename) a former French colony of Indochina (1862–1948): now the part of Vietnam that lies south of Phan Thiet
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Noun1.Cochin China - Asian breed of large fowl with dense plumage and feathered legscochin china - Asian breed of large fowl with dense plumage and feathered legs
domestic fowl, fowl, poultry - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
References in classic literature ?
My partner endeavoured to encourage me by describing the several ports of that coast, and told me he would put in on the coast of Cochin China, or the bay of Tonquin, intending afterwards to go to Macao, where a great many European families resided, and particularly the missionary priests, who usually went thither in order to their going forward to China.
Roberts, a New England merchant turned diplomat whose activities in Cochin China (Vietnam) and Siam (Thailand)--including negotiating the 1833 Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Siam and the United States (or the Roberts Treaty)--helped lay the groundwork for later American diplomatic ventures in the East.
In 1887, it combines Cochin China, northern Vietnam (called Tonkin), central Vietnam (Annam), and Cambodia to form the Indochinese Union.