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[kee-vuh; Russian khyi-vah]
  1. a former Asian khanate along the Amu Darya River, S of the Aral Sea: now divided between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
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Examples from the Web for khiva

Historical Examples

  • Notwithstanding this positive declaration, Khiva was annexed on the 10th of June, 1873.

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.

  • So when I got the big Khiva I felt that some new tactics must be adopted.

    The Van Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine

  • It was the 27th of January, and he had determined to spend only one more day in Khiva.

    Some Heroes of Travel

    W. H. Davenport Adams

  • Russia established relations with Khiva in the 17th century.

  • Free in this quarter, they directed their thoughts once more to Khiva.

British Dictionary definitions for khiva


  1. a former khanate of W Asia, on the Amu Darya River: divided between the former Uzbek and Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republics in 1924
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