See also: zhou, zhóu, zhòu, zhōu, Zhōu, and zhǒu

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From the pinyin romanization of the Chinese (Zhōu). Doublet of Chau.

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Zhou pl (plural only)

  1. A people of ancient China.

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  1. Various regions of ancient China occupied by this people, including the Fen and Wei valleys
  2. A dynasty of rulers over this people, who conquered the Shang kingdom and nominally ruled China until their conquest by Qin in the 3rd century BC
  3. The realm of this dynasty, surrounding the Yellow River
  4. The era of Chinese history during which this dynasty ruled
  5. The valley of the Luo and Yi Rivers during the Eastern Zhou dynasty
  6. The short-lived dynasty declared by Wu Zetian during the Tang
  7. A surname. of Chinese origin.

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