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chi•na



Pronunciation: (chī'nu), [key]
n.
1. a translucent ceramic material, biscuit-fired at a high temperature, its glaze fired at a low temperature.
2. any porcelain ware.
3. plates, cups, saucers, etc., collectively.
4. figurines made of porcelain or ceramic material, collectively: a collection of china.
5. Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.a playing marble of china, or sometimes of porcelain or glass.

adj.
1. made of china.
2. indicating the twentieth event of a series, as a wedding anniversary. See table under wedding anniversary.

Chi•na



Pronunciation: (chī'nu), [key]
n.
1. People's Republic of, a country in E Asia. 1,008,175,288; 3,691,502 sq. mi. (9,560,990 sq. km). Cap.: Beijing.
2. Republic of. Also called Nationalist China. a republic consisting mainly of the island of Taiwan off the SE coast of mainland China: under Nationalist control since 1948 but claimed by the People's Republic of China. 16,100,000; 13,885 sq. mi. (35,960 sq. km). Cap.: Taipei.

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