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Meaning of HONG

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Hong\, n. [Chinese hang, Canton dialect hong, a mercantile
    house, factory.]
    A mercantile establishment or factory for foreign trade in
    China, as formerly at Canton; a succession of offices
    connected by a common passage and used for business or
    storage.
    
    {Hong merchant}, one of the few Chinese merchants who,
       previous to the treaty of 1842, formed a guild which had
       the exclusive privilege of trading with foreigners.
    
    
  2. \Hong\, v. t. & i.
    To hang. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
    
 

 

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