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Turanian

[too-rey-nee-uh n, tyoo-]
adjective
  1. belonging or pertaining to a group of Asian peoples or languages comprising nearly all of those that are neither Indo-European nor Semitic.
  2. Ural-Altaic.
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noun
  1. a member of any of the peoples speaking a Turanian, especially a Ural-Altaic, language.
  2. a member of any of the Ural-Altaic peoples.
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Origin of Turanian

1770–80; < Persian Tūrān Turkestan + -ian
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Examples from the Web for turanian

Historical Examples

  • The most recent investigations show it to have been a 'Turanian' language.

    The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

    Morris Jastrow

  • These labours disclosed the unexpected vastness of the Turanian world.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • These Turanian tribes, at some far remote time, must have appeared in Asia Minor.

  • Again the Turanian bow twanged, and again it was answered by a death-howl.

  • One of these is simple enough—that of the Lap line and the Turanian stock.

    Man and His Migrations

    R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham


British Dictionary definitions for turanian

Turanian

noun
  1. a member of any of the peoples inhabiting ancient Turkestan, or their descendants
  2. another name for Ural-Altaic
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Ural-Altaic languages or any of the peoples who speak them
  2. of or relating to Turkestan or its people
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