Definition of Turkestan

1. Noun. A historical region of central Asia that was a center for trade between the East and the West.

Exact synonyms: Turkistan
Generic synonyms: Geographic Area, Geographic Region, Geographical Area, Geographical Region
Group relationships: Asia

Definition of Turkestan

1. Proper noun. (historical) The regions of Central Asia lying between Siberia to the north; Tibet (Xizang) and Xinjiang, China, modern-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran to the south; the (w Gobi Desert) to the east; and the (w Caspian Sea) to the west. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turkestan

Turing jumps
Turing machine
Turing machines
Turing tarpit
Turing tarpits
Turing test
Turing tests
Turk's cap-lily
Turk's head
Turk's leukocyte
Turk cell
Turkestan (current term)
Turkey Day
Turkey red
Turkic language
Turkish Angora
Turkish Delight
Turkish Empire
Turkish Hizballah
Turkish Republic
Turkish Sign Language

Literary usage of Turkestan

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"It excluded from Central Asia Turkestan proper, which nevertheless has ... On the other hand, if Central or Interior Asia were to include West Turkestan, ..."

2. Supplementary Papers of the American School of Classical Studies in Rome by Archaeological Institute of America (1905)
"... Kurgan at Anau in Turkestan 200 Kurgan at Anau in Turkestan 201 Ruins at Merv in Turkestan 202 Ruins at Merv in Turkestan 202 Ruins at Merv in Turkestan ..."

3. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1914)
"COLLECTING IN Turkestan Work of Botanical Explorer Hindered By Many ... The accompany'The story of Mr. Meyer's entry to Turkestan was told in the March ..."

4. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1902)
"It was hence clear to me that the task awaiting me in Chinese Turkestan would have to comprise also surveying operations such as are required for the ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The great highland plateau which Turkestan, and from the frontier of Kashmir eastwards to China, stretches from the Himalaya northwards to Chinese has now ..."

6. Asiatic Russia by George Frederick Wright (1903)
"Turkestan and the Steppes In marked contrast to the fauna of all the sections of Asiatic Russia thus far described, stands that of Turkestan. ..."

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