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country in Southeast Asia, from Vietnamese Viet, the people's name + nam "south." Division into North and South lasted from 1954 to 1976. Vietnam War attested by 1963.
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ARVN (n.)Related entries & more
acronym for Army of the Republic of Vietnam, ground military force of South Vietnam, organized 1955.
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attrit (v.)Related entries & more
1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition in the military sense. It attained currency during the Vietnam War. Related: Attritted; attritting.
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southern Vietnamese city, capital of former South Vietnam, named for its river, which bears a name of uncertain origin.
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"water pipe for marijuana," 1960s, U.S. slang, said to have been introduced by Vietnam War veterans, said to be from Thai baung, literally "cylindrical wooden tube."
Tet (n.)Related entries & more
Vietnamese lunar new year, 1885, short for Tet Nguyen Dan "feast of the first day." The North Vietnamese Tet Offensive in the U.S. Vietnam War began Jan. 30, 1968.