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Meaning of 州

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Total strokes: 6; Radical: ; Structure: 丶丷 + 川
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Pinyin: zhōu
English Definition: prefecture; (old) province; (old) administrative division; state (e.g. of US); oblast (Russia); canton (Switzerland)
Chinese Definition:
①古代的一种行政区划,所辖地区的大小历代不同(后多用于地名):州县。杭州。
②中国一种民族自治行政区划:海南省黎族苗族自治州。

Example Words:
广州 [ guǎng zhōu ]: Guangzhou subprovincial city and capital of Guangdong; Canton
杭州 [ háng zhōu ]: Hangzhou subprovincial city and capital of Zhejiang province in southeast China
贵州 [ guì zhōu ]: Guizhou province (Kweichow) in south central China, abbr. to
苏州 [ zhōu ]: Suzhou prefecture level city in Jiangsu
福州 [ zhōu ]: Fuzhou prefecture-level city and capital of Fujian province in east China; formerly known as Foochow or Fuchow