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Samarkand

or Sam·ar·cand, Sam·ar·qand

[sam-er-kand; Russian suh-muhr-kahnt]
noun
  1. a city in SE Uzbekistan: taken by Alexander the Great 329 b.c.; Tamerlane's capital in the 14th century.
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Ancient Maracanda.

Sogdiana

[sog-dee-ey-nuh, -an-uh]
noun
  1. a province of the ancient Persian Empire between the Oxus and Jaxartes rivers: now in Uzbekistan. Capital: Samarkand.
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Examples from the Web for samarkand

Historical Examples

  • The gate is of the same style as those I saw in Herat and Samarkand.

    rminius Vambry, his life and adventures

    rminius Vambry

  • The seat of the Manichan pope was for centuries at Samarkand.

    Under the Witches' Moon

    Nathan Gallizier

  • Mamud Mrz did not rule in Samarkand more than five or six months.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • In Ramn of this same year, the Tarkhns revolted in Samarkand.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • All the gardens and suburbs and some of the tmns of Samarkand are cultivated by it.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan


British Dictionary definitions for samarkand

Samarkand

noun
  1. a city in E Uzbekistan: under Tamerlane it became the chief economic and cultural centre of central Asia, on trade routes from China and India (the "silk road"). Pop: 289 000 (2005 est)Ancient name: Maracanda
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Sogdiana

noun
  1. a region of ancient central Asia. Its chief city was Samarkand
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