kurgan

[ koo r-gahn, -gan ]
/ kʊərˈgɑn, -ˈgæn /
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noun

a circular burial mound constructed over a pit grave and often containing grave vessels, weapons, and the bodies of horses as well as a single human body; originally in use in the Russian Steppes but later spreading into eastern, central, and northern Europe in the third millennium b.c.

Nearby words

  1. kurdaitcha shoes,
  2. kurdish,
  3. kurdistan,
  4. kurds,
  5. kure,
  6. kuri,
  7. kuril islands,
  8. kurile islands,
  9. kurland,
  10. kurmi

Origin of kurgan

1885–90; < Russian kurgán burial mound, Old Russian, apparently to be identified with kurganŭ fortress < Turkic; compare Turkish, Tatar kurğan, Chagatai, Kazakh korğan fortress, castle

Kurgan

[ koo r-gahn; Russian koor-gahn ]
/ kʊərˈgɑn; Russian kurˈgɑn /

noun

a city in the S Russian Federation in Asia, near the Ural Mountains.
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British Dictionary definitions for kurgan

Kurgan

/ (Russian kurˈɡan) /

noun

a city in W Russia, on the Tobol River: industrial centre for an agricultural region. Pop: 344 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for kurgan

kurgan

n.

1889, from Russian, originally a Tatar word.

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