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Cathay

[ka-they] /kæˈθeɪ/
noun, Literary or Archaic.
1.
Origin
< Medieval Latin Cat(h)aya < Turkic; compare Tatar Kïtai
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Cathay

/kæˈθeɪ/
noun
1.
a literary or archaic name for China
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin Cataya, of Turkic origin
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Word Origin and History for Cathay
n.

1560s, poetic name for "China," from Medieval Latin Cataya, from Turkish Khitai, from Uighur Khitai, name of a Tatar dynasty that ruled Beijing 936-1122.

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