- ancient name of Balkh.
- an ancient country in W Asia, between the Oxus River and the Hindu Kush Mountains. Capital: Bactra.
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But we ask how they could exist here at all, supposing even Bactra to be beyond the limits of the habitable globe.
He died on February 21, 1879, hard by the city of Bactra, the modern Balkh.The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)
John Holland Rose
- an ancient country of SW Asia, between the Hindu Kush mountains and the Oxus River: forms the present Balkh region in N Afghanistan
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