Turkistan

[ tur-kuh-stan, -stahn ]
/ ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn /

noun

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Turkestan

or Tur·ki·stan

[ tur-kuh-stan, -stahn ]
/ ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn /

noun

a vast region in W and central Asia, E of the Caspian Sea: includes territory in the S central part of Xinjiang province in China (Eastern Turkestan or Chinese Turkestan), a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan), Tadzhikistan (Tajikistan), Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Related forms

Tur·ke·stan·i·an, adjective, noun
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Turkestan

Turkistan

/ (ˌtɜːkɪˈstɑːn) /

noun

an extensive region of central Asia between Siberia in the north and Tibet, India, Afghanistan, and Iran in the south: formerly divided into West (Russian) Turkestan (also called Soviet Central Asia), comprising present-day Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan and the S part of Kazakhstan, and East (Chinese) Turkestan, approximating to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China

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