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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of east-central China on the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) northwest of Shanghai. The capital of China from the third to the sixth century A.D. and again from 1368 to 1421, it was opened to foreign trade by the Treaty of Nanking in 1842. It was Sun Yat-sen's capital from 1912 to 1927 and Chiang Kai-shek's capital from 1928 to 1937, when it was captured by the Japanese. Reclaimed by Chinese forces in 1946, it is now the capital of Jiangsu province. Population: 2,820,000.

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  • proper n. The capital of the Jiangsu province of eastern People's Republic of China; a former capital of the Republic of China.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. a former capital of China.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a city in eastern China on the Yangtze River; a former capital of China; the scene of a Japanese massacre in the 1930s

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