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A regional term; one designating a region as distinguished from the name of a structure, system, or organ.
[topo- + G. onyma, name]
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The editorial teams of the toponymical dictionaries used in this research are composed of many experts of ethnic languages and historians, and made the best effort to uncover the true ethnic origins from the records of toponyms.
Our primary data source is the toponymical dictionary edited by Cui (2000), which is widely considered the authoritative work on toponyms in China.
The aspect (direction) factor is not different across the three toponymical groups.
By carefully deciphering the toponymical dictionary, this study has constructed a GIS database of toponyms in Yunnan including three administrative levels: prefecture, county, and township.