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EtymologyEdit

Of uncertain etymology, but probably from Sanskrit चीन (cīna, China), itself usually derived from Old Chinese (*Dzin, Qin). It's one of the Arabic country names, which requires the definite article اَل (al-). See "Names of China" at Wikipedia.

Proper nounEdit

الصِّين (aṣ-ṣīnf

  1. China, originally southern China as reached by the maritime Silk Road routes.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Wehr, Hans (1979), “صين”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, ISBN 0-87950-003-4