Tonkin meaning

tŏnkĭn, tŏng-
A historical region of southeast Asia on the Gulf of Tonkin, an arm of the South China Sea, now forming most of northern Vietnam. It was part of French Indochina from 1887 to 1946.
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(place) Historical region and former French protectorate in NE Indochina: the N part of Vietnam.
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(place) Arm of the South China Sea between Hainan Island & the coasts of S China & N Vietnam.
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