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Xanadu (noun) – An idyllic, beautiful place.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Xanadu is associated with the English poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772?1834) in his poem ?Kubla Khan,? written in a ?reverie? (possibly inspired by opium) in 1797. The first two lines run: ?In Xanadu did Kubla Khan / A stately pleasure dome decree:? .

Kubla (Kublai) Khan (1215?94) was the grandson of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan (1162-1227) and was the first emperor of the Chinese Yuan dynasty. Xanadu is from Chinese (Mandarin) Sh?ngd? (?Upper Capital?), now in Inner Mongolia about 220 miles north of Beijing. Xanadu first entered English in the 17th century.

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