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[hong] /hɒŋ/
noun
1.
(in China) a group of rooms or buildings forming a warehouse, factory, etc.
2.
one of the factories under foreign ownership formerly maintained at Canton.
Origin
dialectal Chinese
1720-1730
1720-30; < dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) hòhng, equivalent to Chinese háng row of shops
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British Dictionary definitions for hong

hong

/hɒŋ/
noun
1.
(in China) a factory, warehouse, etc
2.
(formerly, in Canton) a foreign commercial establishment
Word Origin
C18: from Chinese (Cantonese dialect)
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Encyclopedia Article for hong

cohong

the guild of Chinese merchants authorized by the central government to trade with Western merchants at Guangzhou (Canton) prior to the first Opium War (1839-42). Such firms often were called "foreign-trade firms" (yanghang) and the merchants who directed them "hong merchants" (hangshang).

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