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Tonkin

[ton-kin, tong-] /ˈtɒnˈkɪn, ˈtɒŋ-/
noun
1.
a former state in N French Indochina, now part of Vietnam.
2.
Gulf of, an arm of the South China Sea, W of Hainan. 300 miles (485 km) long.
Also, Tongking, Tonking
[ton-king, tong-] /ˈtɒnˈkɪŋ, ˈtɒŋ-/ (Show IPA)
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Tonkin

/ˈtɒnˈkɪn/
noun
1.
a former state of N French Indochina (1883–1946), on the Gulf of Tonkin: forms the largest part of N Vietnam
2.
Gulf of Tonkin, an arm of the South China Sea, bordered by N Vietnam, the Leizhou Peninsula of SW China, and Hainan Island. Length: about 500 km (300 miles)
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