Cataian Ca*ta"ian, n. A native of Cathay or China; a foreigner; -- formerly a term of reproach. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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  • cataian — noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Medieval Latin Cataya Cathay + English an more at cathay 1. obsolete : a native of Cathay 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cathay — is the Anglicized version of Catai and an alternative name for China in English. Catai was originally the name used for northern China during Marco Polo s time (he referred to southern China as Manji ). Catai itself derives from the word Khitan… …   Wikipedia

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