cochin

cochin

[koh-chin, koch-in]

Origin:
1850–55; short for Cochin-China fowl

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Cochin

[koh-chin]
noun
1.
a seaport in W Kerala, in SW India: first European fort in India, built by Portuguese 1503.
2.
a former state in SW India; merged with Travancore 1949; a part of Kerala state since 1956.
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Cochin (ˈkəʊtʃɪn, ˈkɒtʃ-)
 
n
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

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cochin

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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