- Cathay is the name that was given to northern China by Marco Polo
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Ca*thay" (?), n. China; -- an
old name for the Celestial Empire, said have been introduced by
Marco Polo and to be a corruption of the Tartar name for North
China (Khitai, the country of the Khitans.)
Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cathay, the name given to China by mediæval writers, which it still
bears in Central Asia.
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