The Alternative Chinese Dictionary: 山寨

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Entry definition

山寨 〈shān zhài〉 {{zh-forms}} Alternative forms: 山砦 etymology {{zh-compound}} The use of "Shanzhai" to refer to imitation products comes from Cantonese slang, in which "shanzhai factory" ({{zh-ts}}) means an ill-equipped, low-end and family-based factory. pronunciation {{zh-pron }}
noun: {{zh-noun}}
  1. mountain fortress
  2. fortified mountain village
  3. (slang) A fake or pirated good, especially an electronic one; a knockoff.

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