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[too-rey-nee-uh n, tyoo-] /tʊˈreɪ ni ən, tyʊ-/
belonging or pertaining to a group of Asian peoples or languages comprising nearly all of those that are neither Indo-European nor Semitic.
a member of any of the peoples speaking a Turanian, especially a Ural-Altaic, language.
a member of any of the Ural-Altaic peoples.
Origin of Turanian
1770-80; < Persian Tūrān Turkestan + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The most recent investigations show it to have been a 'Turanian' language.

  • These labours disclosed the unexpected vastness of the Turanian world.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • These Turanian tribes, at some far remote time, must have appeared in Asia Minor.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • Again the Turanian bow twanged, and again it was answered by a death-howl.

  • One of these is simple enough—that of the Lap line and the Turanian stock.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • This primitive race was 58 neither Semitic nor Aryan, but Turanian.

    Human Origins Samuel Laing
  • It created the Turanian and Ganownian systems of consanguinity.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • This custom, a relic of the Turanian religion, is the origin of sorcery.

  • One thing is certain, they belong to the Turanian family, and so are probably allied to the Basques and Etruscans.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • When tribes of these later people began their wanderings, they found a Turanian people inhabiting the country wherever they went.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for Turanian


a member of any of the peoples inhabiting ancient Turkestan, or their descendants
another name for Ural-Altaic
of or relating to the Ural-Altaic languages or any of the peoples who speak them
of or relating to Turkestan or its people
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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