- 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.
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A bottle of kavass, my peach of Turkistan, and a glass for our comrade.The Book of All-Power
And perhaps when I got there I might find he had set up a harem of Turkistan women.The Romance of His Life
It now really belongs to the small tribe of Turkic origin which, after occupying Turkistan, has spread even into the Crimea.The Desert World
In Turkistan, land is valued according to the capital invested in its irrigation.Principles of Political Economy, Vol. II
The Afghan province of Turkistan is, in some parts, at the present day famous for its roses.
- 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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