- an ancient country in W Asia, between the Oxus River and the Hindu Kush Mountains. Capital: Bactra.
Examples from the Web for bactrian
First, then, of the Bactrian camel—that is, the species with two humps.
I have referred to the Bactrian coinage as having been extensively forged.The Confessions of a Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
I have not yet mentioned the Bactrian camels which are used in thousands for Russian transport.In the Russian Ranks
Roxane and Roxanace are both formed from the old Bactrian raokshna.The History of Antiquity
Bactrian Sage, a name given to Zoroaster as a native of Bactria.The Nuttall Encyclopaedia
Edited by Rev. James Wood
- of or relating to Bactria,
- a native or inhabitant of Bactria
- an ancient country of SW Asia, between the Hindu Kush mountains and the Oxus River: forms the present Balkh region in N Afghanistan
Word Origin and History for bactrian
"inhabitant of Bactria," late 14c.; as a type of camel, c.1600, from Latin Bactria, ancient region in what is now northwestern Afghanistan, literally "the western province," from Persian bakhtar "the west."