|Cochin (ˈkəʊtʃɪn, ˈkɒtʃ-)|
|1.||a region and former state of SW India: part of Kerala state since 1956|
|2.||Local official name: Kochi 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)|
|3.||a large breed of domestic fowl, with dense plumage and feathered legs, that originated in Cochin China|
town and major port on the Arabian Sea, west-central Kerala state, southwestern India. Also the name of a former princely state, "Cochin" is sometimes used today to refer to a cluster of islands and towns, including Ernakulam, Mattancheri, Fort Cochin, Willingdon Island, Vypin Island, and Gundu Island. The urban agglomeration includes the localities of Trikkakara, Eloor, Kalamassery, and Trippunithura.
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