- Chindwin (Chindwinn) River
- One of Burma's largest river systems, with a length of 800 kilometers. It rises in the Kumon Mountains of Kachin State and flows through the Naga Hills (Sagaing Division) to join the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River north of Pagan (Bagan). The Burmese name, meaning "hole (or cave) of the Chins," indicates that the Chindwin river valley may once have been inhabited by the Chins, although it does not pass through present-day Chin State. The lower reaches of the Chindwin are navigable, but only during the monsoon season.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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