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From Portuguese Catai, from Khitan (契丹, Qìdān), the Chinese name of a Mongolian tribe who ruled Manchuria from 907-1115 CE. Cognate with Spanish Catay and Russian Кита́й ‎(Kitáj, China).

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  1. The name that was given to northern China by Marco Polo
  2. by extension, an alternate name for China.
  3. A city/village in North Dakota.

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