Xia

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Xia

or Hsia  (shyä)
The first Chinese dynasty (traditionally dated 2205?-1766? bc). No written documents or archaeological remains dating to the time of the Xia dynasty have been found to corroborate later accounts of the events of the period.

[Mandarin Xià, ancient name for China, name of the first Chinese dynasty, from Middle Chinese xɦja⋮`.]
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