Hindu Kush

[ hin-doo koo sh, kuhsh ]
/ ˈhɪn du ˈkʊʃ, ˈkʌʃ /


a mountain range in S Asia, mostly in NE Afghanistan, extending W from the Himalayas. Highest peak, Tirich Mir, 25,230 feet (7690 meters).

Origin of Hindu Kush

1820–30; possibly from Persian koš, a derivative of the verb koštan “to kill,” the phrase meaning “Hindu killer” (from when slaves being transported from the Indian subcontinent to Central Asia died in the harsh climate of these mountains); possibly from Persian Hindūkuš, Hendukoš “Mountains of the Indus / of India,” which, in some 19th-century reports was also interpreted in a popular etymology as a compound of Hendu and koš “Hindu-slayer”
Also called Hindu Kush Mountains.
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British Dictionary definitions for hindu kush

Hindu Kush
/ (kʊʃ, kuːʃ) /

pl n

a mountain range in central Asia, extending about 800 km (500 miles) east from the Koh-i-Baba Mountains of central Afghanistan to the Pamirs. Highest peak: Tirich Mir, 7690 m (25 230 ft)
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