Samarkand

or Sam·ar·cand, Sam·ar·qand

[sam-er-kand; Russian suh-muhr-kahnt]
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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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

Sogdiana

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