Khitan

noun
Khi·​tan
variants: or Kitan \ ˈkēˈtän \ or less commonly Chi-dan or Chi-tan \ ˈchēˈdän \
plural Khitan or Khitans or Kitan or Kitans

Definition of Khitan

1 : a conquering Tatar people maintaining hegemony of northern China in the Liao dynasty from the 10th to the 12th centuries
2 : a member of the Khitan people

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