Cathay

Cathay

[ka-they]
noun Literary or Archaic.

Origin:
< Medieval Latin Cat(h)aya < Turkic; compare Tatar Kïtai

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Cathay (kæˈθeɪ)
 
n
a literary or archaic name for China
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin Cataya, of Turkic origin]

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Cathay
1565, poetic name for "China," from M.L. Cataya, from Turk. Khitay, from Uighur Khitai, name of a Tatar dynasty that ruled Beijing 936-1122.
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