A genre of Chinese fiction or other narrative work characterized by chivalrous heroes, martial arts, swordplay, and sometimes elements of fantasy, often in a historical setting.
[Mandarin wǔxiá : wǔ, military, martial (from Middle Chinese ʋuə̆´, from Old Chinese *m(r)aʔ; akin to Tibetan dmag, army, and Burmese mak, soldier) + xiá, chivalrous hero, knight errant (from Middle Chinese xɦjiap, from Old Chinese *gêp).]
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