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[hoo-nahn] /ˈhuˈnɑn/
Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a province in S China. 81,274 sq. mi. (210,500 sq. km).
Capital: Changsha.
Also, Hunam
[hoo-nahm] /ˈhuˈnɑm/ (Show IPA)
. Chinese Cookery. a style of cooking from this province, characterized especially by the use of hot peppers. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • What should he say but that the cakes were good, and the tea had the flavor of the fields of Hunan?

    The Flutter of the Goldleaf; and Other Plays Olive Tilford Dargan and Frederick Peterson
  • The province of Hunan, south of the lake, is one of the most noteworthy in all China.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • As an example of these states one may mention the small state of Ch'u in the present province of Hunan.

  • This system of waterway drains the whole province of Hunan and beyond.

  • A Hunan man living at Hankow, and a Christian, was greatly troubled because his wife would bind their little girl's feet.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • Others say her father was a shopkeeper at Ling-ling in Hunan.

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner
  • But the Hunan men never fought the Japanese, and it remains a question whether they ever intended doing so.

    Intimate China Mrs. Archibald Little
  • My escort was now strengthened by a dozen men, mostly Hunan braves, armed with swords, to conduct me in safety to the Yang-tsze.

  • The Tung-ting Hû appears to be the largest, mostly in the province of Hunan, which is sixty-five or seventy miles long.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • A certain man of the province of Hunan could recall what had happened to him in three previous lives.

British Dictionary definitions for Hunan


a province of S China, between the Yangtze River and the Nan Ling Mountains: drained chiefly by the Xiang and Yüan Rivers; valuable mineral resources. Capital: Changsha. Pop: 66 630 000 (2003 est). Area: 210 500 sq km (82 095 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Hunan

Chinese province, literally "south of the lake" (Lake Dongting), from hu "lake" + nan "south."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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