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Borrowed from Mandarin 湖南 (Húnán) Wade-Giles romanization: Hu²-nan², literally “south of the lake”, referring to Lake Dongting.


  • IPA(key): /huːˈnɑːn/, /huːˈnæn/

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  1. A province of China, located in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River and south of Lake Dongting.
    • 1909, “OLIGOBOTRYA HENRYI”, in Curtis's Botanical Magazine[1], volume 5, page 8238:
      The specimens on which the original description of O. Henryi was based were sent to Kew in 1886 by Mr. A. Henry, who had obtained them at Patung in Hupeh, Central China. Since then species has been met with in the adjoining provinces of Hunan and Szechuan.
    • 1917 April 6, “HONG KONG”, in Supplement to Commerce Reports[2], number 52a, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, Department of Commerce, page 14:
      Toward the end of 1916 the Siems-Carey Co., allied with the American International Corporation, entered into a contract with the Chinese Government for the construction, among others, of a railway in the district-the Chuchow-Chinchow Line-which is to connect southern Hunan with the eastern seaboard of Kwangtung.
    • 1948, Bernward H. Willeke, Imperial Government and Catholic Missions in China During the Years 1784-1785[3], St. Bonaventure, New York: Franciscan Institute, page 31:
      On the day after the feast of Pentecost (May 31, 1784) the three boats left Chao-ch'ing and without any mishap passed all the customs stations in Kwangtung, Kwangsi and Hunan.
    • 1999, Red Pine, Mike O'Connor, editors, The Clouds Should Know Me By Now[4], →ISBN, page 44:
      Ch'i-chi, whose family name was Hu, was born in the Ch'ang-sha area of Hunan.

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