HOG-PLUM to HOOGLY
HOG-PLUM, s. The austere fruit of the amra (Hind.), Spondias mangifera, Pers. (Ord. Terebinthaceae), is sometimes so called; also called the wild mango. It is used in curries, pickles, and tarts. It is a native of various parts of India, and is cultivated in many tropical climates.
1852.The Karens have a tradition that in those golden days when God dwelt with men, all nations came before him on a certain day, each with an offering from the fruits of their lands, and the Karens selected the hogs plum for this oblation; which gave such offence that God cursed the Karen nation and placed it lowest. Masons Burmah, ed. 1860, p. 461.
HOKCHEW, HOKSIEU, AUCHEO, etc., n.p. These are forms which the names of the great Chinese
port of Fuh-chau, the capital of Fuhkien, takes in many old works. They, in fact, imitate the pronunciation
in the Fuh-kien dialect, which is Hokchiu; Fuh-kien similarly being called Hoh-kien. 1585.After they
had travelled more than halfe a league in the suburbs of the cittie of Aucheo, they met with a post that
came from the vizroy.Mendoza, ii. 78.
1837.Home always means England; nobody calls India homenot even those who have been here thirty years or more, and are never likely to return to Europe. Letters from Madras, 92.So also in the West Indies:
c. 1830. Oh, your cousin Mary, I forgotfine girl, Tommay do for you at home yonder (all Creoles speak of England as home, although they may never have seen it).Tom Cringle, ed. 1863, 238.
HONG, s. The Chinese word is hang, meaning a row or rank; a, house of business; at Canton a warehouse,
a factory, and particularly applied to the establishments of the European nations (Foreign Hongs), and
to those of the so-called Hong-Merchants. These were a body of merchants who had the monopoly
of trade with foreigners, in return for which privilege they became security for the good behaviour of the
foreigners, and for their payment of dues. The guild of these merchants was called The Hong. The
monopoly seems to have been first established about 172030, and it was terminated under the Treaty
of Nanking, in 1842. The Hong merchants are of course not mentioned in Lockyer (1711), nor by A.
Hamilton (in China previous to and after 1700, pubd. 1727). The latter uses the word, however, and the
rudiments of the institution may be traced not only in this narrative, but in that of Ibn Batuta. c. 1346.When
a Musulman trader arrives in a Chinese city, he is allowed to choose whether he will take up
his quarters with one of the merchants of his own faith settled in the country, or will go to an inn. If he
prefers to go and lodge with a merchant, they count all his money and confide it to the merchant of his
choice; the latter then takes charge of all expenditure on account of the strangers wants, but acts with
Ibn Batuta, iv. 2656.
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