the historical name of a region of indefinite extent in E Europe and Asia: designates the area overrun by the Tartars in the Middle Ages, from the Dnieper River to the Pacific.
- Also Tatary.
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How to use Tartary in a sentence
This animal, which is originally a native of Spain, has acquired a long tail in Tartary, and a thick bushy coat in Syria.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
But, torn as he was by the cactuses of Barbary and the thickets of Tartary, the seneschal had lost nothing of his haughty air.Laboulaye's Fairy Book | Various
China abounds in them, and they are well known in Tartary, and in the Island of Madagascar.
The sheep of Persia, Tartary, and China, are distinguished from all others by the tail forming a double globe of fat.A Treatise on Sheep: | Ambrose Blacklock
Another species, the Tarpan, roams the Steppes of Tartary, and is with great difficulty tamed to the use of man.The Desert World | Arthur Mangin
British Dictionary definitions for Tartary
a variant spelling of Tatary
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