province of SE China: 81,274 sq mi (210,499 sq km); cap. Changsha
A province of southeast-central China south of the Yangtze River. Changsha is the capital.
- A province of the People's Republic of China, located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting.
From a Mandarin term which means "south of the lake" referring to Lake Dongting.