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Pu·tong·huaalso Pu tong hua (po͞o′tông′hwä′, -wä′, -tŏng′-)
[Mandarin pǔtōnghuà (literally, common language ) : pǔtōng, common (Mandarin pǔ, general, widespread from Middle Chinese phuə̆´ + Mandarin tōng, through, from Middle Chinese thəwŋ) + huà, speech, language (from Middle Chinese xɦwa⋮j`, of Proto-Sino-Tibetan origin; akin to Tibetan gros).]
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(Languages) the official spoken language of China, based on the variety of Mandarin spoken in Beijing
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or p'u-t'ung hua(ˈpuˈtʌŋˈʰwɑ)
the form of spoken Chinese, based on the dialect of Beijing, adopted as the official national language of China.
[1945–50; < Chinese pǔtōnghuà literally, common (spoken) language]
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