variants or Kitan
or less commonly Chi-dan or Chi-tan
plural Khitan or Khitans or Kitan or Kitans
: a conquering Tatar people maintaining hegemony of northern China in the Liao dynasty from the 10th to the 12th centuries
: a member of the Khitan people

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“Khitan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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