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Hindu Kush

[hin-doo koo sh, kuhsh] /ˈhɪn du ˈkʊʃ, ˈkʌʃ/
a mountain range in S Asia, mostly in NE Afghanistan, extending W from the Himalayas. Highest peak, Tirich Mir, 25,230 feet (7690 meters).
Also called Hindu Kush Mountains.
Origin of Hindu Kush
1820-30; possibly from Persian koš, a derivative of the verb koštan “to kill,” the phrase meaning “Hindu killer” (from when slaves being transported from the Indian subcontinent to Central Asia died in the harsh climate of these mountains); possibly from Persian Hindūkuš, Hendukoš “Mountains of the Indus / of India,” which, in some 19th-century reports was also interpreted in a popular etymology as a compound of Hendu and koš “Hindu-slayer” Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Among the Kafirs of the Hindu Kush it is the custom to erect an effigy to the memory of every adult one year after his decease.

  • In the distance was the Paghman offshoot of the Hindu Kush range.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • In the Oxus valley north of the Hindu Kush the period is extended to forty days.

    Taboo and Genetics Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
  • The avowed object was to ultimately secure the effectual command of the passes of the Hindu Kush.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • It commands four, if not five, of the most important passes across the Hindu Kush.

    The Gates of India Thomas Holdich
  • The rocky gorges through which it flows, with a distant view of the Hindu Kush, form some of the finest scenery in the world.

  • There are one or two circumstances about this exploration of the western Hindu Kush passes which deserve attention.

    The Gates of India Thomas Holdich
  • Near the assumed source, and not far south of the mines, there are two passes across the Hindu Kush, viz.

    The Gates of India Thomas Holdich
British Dictionary definitions for Hindu Kush

Hindu Kush

/kʊʃ; kuːʃ/
plural noun
a mountain range in central Asia, extending about 800 km (500 miles) east from the Koh-i-Baba Mountains of central Afghanistan to the Pamirs. Highest peak: Tirich Mir, 7690 m (25 230 ft)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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