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Eastern Turkestan

noun
1.
See under Turkestan.

Turkestan

or Turkistan

[tur-kuh-stan, -stahn] /ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn/
noun
1.
a vast region in W and central Asia, E of the Caspian Sea: includes territory in the S central part of Xinjiang province in China (Eastern Turkestan or Chinese Turkestan) a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan), Tadzhikistan (Tajikistan), Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Related forms
Turkestanian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Eastern Turkestan
Historical Examples
  • The Chinese recovered Eastern Turkestan from them about 1757.

  • Eastern Turkestan is one of the worst-watered regions in the world.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg Demetrius Boulger
  • It is now time for us to relate how they fared in Eastern Turkestan.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg Demetrius Boulger
  • I was ostensibly getting ready for a journey to Eastern Turkestan, but his meaning smile told me that he divined my intention.

  • When everything else had been denied me from London the road to Eastern Turkestan still lay open.

  • As long as we were on the great winter route to Eastern Turkestan they must all believe that Khotan was my destination.

  • I wanted to get out of this labyrinth of mountains and valleys which pour their waters into Eastern Turkestan.

  • The power of his arms had added Eastern Turkestan to the Chinese empire, a region which it continues to hold to-day.

  • We are now on the high road between India and Eastern Turkestan, the most elevated caravan route in the world.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • The greater part of Eastern Turkestan is occupied by the desert called Takla-makan, the most terrible and dangerous in the world.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
British Dictionary definitions for Eastern Turkestan

Turkestan

/ˌtɜːkɪˈstɑːn/
noun
1.
an extensive region of central Asia between Siberia in the north and Tibet, India, Afghanistan, and Iran in the south: formerly divided into West (Russian) Turkestan (also called Soviet Central Asia), comprising present-day Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan and the S part of Kazakhstan, and East (Chinese) Turkestan, approximating to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China
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