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The word was introduced by the Romans, who divided their empire in to provinciae. The word is thought to have originated from the Latin word provincia (zone of influence); probably from pro ("in front") and vincia ("linked").
(Subdivisions called or translated into: Province)
The most populous province is Henan, China, pop. 93,000,000. Also very populous are several other Chinese provinces , as well as Punjab, Pakistan, pop. 85,000,000.