Definition of Vietnam
country SE Asia in Indochina; state, including Tonkin & N Annam, set up 1945–46; with S Annam & Cochin China, an associated state of French Union 1950–54; after civil war, divided 1954–75 at 17th parallel into republics of North Vietnam (∗ Hanoi) & South Vietnam (∗ Saigon); reunited 1975 ∗ Hanoi area 127,207 square miles (330,738 square kilometers), pop 87,100,000
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