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Ancient China Vocab


Climate The weather conditions of a broad area over a long period of time.
Maize A type of corn.
Oasis A body of water located in a desert.
Silt Fine minerals and organic material.
Mutton Goat or sheep meat.
Physical Features Land forms or bodies of water.
Millet A type of grain.
Vegetation All plant life in a certain area.
Tributary A stream that feeds into a larger river.
Human Sacrifice A human being who is killed for a religious reason.
Clan A large group of friends and family
Ancestor Worship The action of pleasing ancestors through rituals, sacrifices, and food.
Logograph A character that is used to represent a word
Economy A system of managing wealth in an area or region
Mandate of Heaven A power to rule granted by the heaven to nobles and kings
Feudalism A system of government based on landlords and tenants/workers.
Civil Servant A person who works for the government
Yin The dark side of nature in the daoist belief
Yang The light side of nature in the daoist belief
Standardize to make the same
Exile living in away from one’s native country
Immortal one who can live for ever
Legalism A form of government used by the Qin dynasty
Bureaucracy A form of government that is structured like a pyramid, with a few people at the top and many at the bottom. The top has power over the bottom.
Calligraphy the art of fine handwriting
Anesthetic A painkiller
Seismograph An instrument that detects earthquakes
Compass An instrument for determining direction
Lodestone A type of iron ore
Toga A loose robe worn by men in Rome
Mirage An image of something that isn’t really there, such as an oasis
Caravan A group of people travelling together
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