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Etymology

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From Medieval Latin Sina (China) and Late Latin Sīnae (the Southern Chinese; Southern China), from Ancient Greek Σῖναι (Sînai), of uncertain etymology but likely from Sanskrit चीन (Cīna, China), possibly via Arabic صِين (Ṣīn, China; the Chinese) and usually held to ultimately derive from Old Chinese (*zin, Qin). See "Names of China" at Wikipedia.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɪnəʊ/, /ˈsaɪnəʊ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪnoʊ/, /ˈsaɪnɒ/, /ˈsɪnɒ/

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Sino-

  1. A combining form relating to China or the Chinese, in those terms' various senses.
    In the 1970s, Sino-Soviet rivalry also spread to Africa and the Middle East.
    He's a Sino-Kadazan: half Han, half Kadazan.

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