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Han 1 (hän)
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n. pl. Han or Hans
A member of the largest ethnic group of China, especially as distinguished from Manchus, Mongols, Huis, and other minority nationalities. Also called Chinese.

[Mandarin Hàn, the Han people, Han dynasty, the name of the Han River, from Middle Chinese xan` (the name of the people and dynasty being derived from the Old Chinese name of the river).]

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Han 2 (hän)
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A Chinese dynasty (206 BC-AD 220) noted for unifying and expanding its national territory and for promoting literature and the arts.

[Mandarin Hàn; see HAN1.]

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Han 3 (hän)
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A river, about 1,530 km (950 mi) long, of east-central China flowing generally southeast to the Yangtze River.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

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    Semitic Roots

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