n.1.A native of Cathay or China; a foreigner; - formerly a term of reproach.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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As Jonson suggests, chiaus may have been used for "Turk" in the sense of "cheat"; just as Cataian stood for "thief" or "rogue".
Several of the play's insults--"base Hungarian wight" (1.3.20), "Base Phrygian Turk" (1.3.88), "Flemish drunkard" (2.1.23), "Cataian" (2.1.144), "Ethiopian" (2.3.27), "Francisco" (2.3.28), "Castalion-King-Urinal" (2.3.33), "Anthropophaginian" (4.5.9), and "Bohemian-Tartar" (4.5.20)--suggest how race, ethnicity, and nationality help to define "Englishness" for the play's characters.