American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- See Turkistan.
- n. 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 Gobi Desert to the east; and the Caspian Sea to the west.
- n. a historical region of central Asia that was a center for trade between the East and the West
“Carpini was travelling from Easter till Ascension-Day through the land of the Kangites, and thence he came into the Biserium country, or what we call Turkestan in the present day; on all sides the eye rested on towns and villages in ruins.”
“Harte spent six weeks touring prison camps in Turkestan and Siberia to assess Russian preparations for the approaching winter.”
“In response to revolts and charges of government corruption in Turkestan, Tsar Nicholas II sent Pahlen to lead a senatorial investigation.”
“The part which is called Turkestan extends between Eastern Turkestan and the Caspian Sea, the Kirghiz”
“They were then the inhabitants, strong and predatory, of the Altai plains and valleys: but later on, about the sixth century A.D., they are found firmly established in what is still called Turkestan, and pushing westwards towards the”
“In a part of the vast land called Turkestan there is a great lake named Balhkash, of which we visited the shores.”
“Turkestan," it appears that the horses accompanying Central Asian detachments are so considerable that the latter form, as it were, the escort of the former.”
“Fourteen years ago, M. Eugene Schuyler, the author of "Turkestan," in order to demonstrate to the Russian government that its prestige had not put a stop to the slave trade, as was then alleged, purchased a young boy slave for one hundred roubles, the average price of the human article in Bokhara, and brought him to St. Petersburg.”
“Moscow Police Detain Alleged 'Turkestan' Terrorists”
“Persia, Turkestan, and all Central Asia felt the pressure of the flood.”
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