a town in northern Afghanistan: capital of ancient Bactria; center of Zoroastrianism.
- Also called Wa·zir·a·bad [wuh-zeer-uh-bahd] /wəˌzɪər əˈbɑd/ .
- Ancient Bac·tra [bak-truh] /ˈbæk trə/ .
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How to use Balkh in a sentence
When the news of Balkh’s surrender broke, Mazari was in the office of Mohammad Farhad Azimi, the provincial governor.The Untold Story of How Afghanistan's Fighting Female Governor Salima Mazari Escaped the Taliban | Robyn Huang | September 15, 2021 | Time
Several high-profile leaders, including former vice-president and warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, and former Balkh governor and mujahideen commander Atta Mohammad Noor, joined us on the way.The Untold Story of How Afghanistan's Fighting Female Governor Salima Mazari Escaped the Taliban | Robyn Huang | September 15, 2021 | Time
After a brief visit to his family in Pakistan, he is now serving as the shadow governor of the key northern province of Balkh.Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad | Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai | December 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
From Balkh to Bombay men know that rough-ridged print with the old scar running diagonally across it.Kim | Rudyard Kipling
The headquarters of the horde were at Bamian and at Balkh, and from these points they raided south-east and south-west.
We know, however, that for previous centuries Balkh had been the capital city, the great trade emporium of all that region.
Just as we cannot tell exactly when Babylon first became a city, so are we confounded by the age of Balkh.
It surmounts a high divide (about 11,000 feet), and crosses the Balkh Ab valley to reach Bamian.
British Dictionary definitions for Balkh
a region of N Afghanistan, corresponding to ancient Bactria. Chief town: Mazar-i-Sharif
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