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Co·chin 1

 (kō′chĭn)
1. A former kingdom of southern India on the Malabar Coast of the Arabian Sea. Rising to regional prominence after the 12th century, the kingdom fell under European domination beginning in the 16th century.
2. See Kochi.

[Ultimately from Portuguese Cochim, from Malayalam Kocci, Kochi.]

Co·chin 2

 (kō′chĭn)
n.
A large domestic chicken of a breed developed in Asia, having thickly feathered legs. Also called Cochin China, Shanghai.

[After Cochin China1.]
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Cochin

(ˈkəʊtʃɪn; ˈkɒtʃ-)
n
1. (Placename) a region and former state of SW India: part of Kerala state since 1956
2. (Placename) a port in SW India, on the Malabar Coast: the first European settlement in India, founded by Vasco da Gama in 1502: shipbuilding, engineering. Pop: 596 473 (2001). Local official name: Kochi
3. (Breeds) a large breed of domestic fowl, with dense plumage and feathered legs, that originated in Cochin China
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co•chin

(ˈkoʊ tʃɪn, ˈkɒtʃ ɪn)

n.
an Asian chicken, resembling the Brahma but slightly smaller.
[1850–55; short for Cochin-China fowl]

Co•chin

(ˈkoʊ tʃɪn)

n.
a seaport in W Kerala, in SW India: first European fort in India, built by Portuguese 1503. 686,000.
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Noun1.cochin - Asian breed of large fowl with dense plumage and feathered legscochin - 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
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References in classic literature ?
The captain as often as possible put up his sails, and under the double action of steam and sail the vessel made rapid progress along the coasts of Anam and Cochin China. Owing to the defective construction of the Rangoon, however, unusual precautions became necessary in unfavourable weather; but the loss of time which resulted from this cause, while it nearly drove Passepartout out of his senses, did not seem to affect his master in the least.
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.