Cochin-china meaning

A region of southern Indochina including the rich delta area of the Mekong River. Originally a part of the Khmer Empire, it fell to the Annamese in the 1700s and to the French in the 1800s. The region forms the southern part of present-day Vietnam.
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(place) Historic region and former French colony in SE Indochina: the S part of Vietnam.
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A former region comprising southern Vietnam and part of Cambodia.
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Origin of cochin-china

  • Ultimately from Portuguese Cauchichina archaic Malay Kuchi Vietnam (akin to Vietnamese Giao Chỉ Annam) (from a Chinese source equivalent to Mandarin Jiāozhǐ) Portuguese China China

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French Cochin-China; from Portuguese corruption of Ko-chen, + China to distinguish from the Indian town of Cochin (which has a different etymology and was also Portuguese colony).

    From Wiktionary