from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly also Turkmen Soviet Socialist RepublicTurkmenistan A country of west-central Asia east of the Caspian Sea. Once part of ancient Persia and later ruled by Arabs (8th century), Turks (11th century), Mongols (13th-14th century), and Uzbeks (late 15th century), it was annexed by Russia in 1881 and became a constituent republic of the USSR in 1925. Turkmenistan declared its independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ashgabat is the capital and the largest city. Population: 5,100,000.
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- proper n. Country in Central Asia. Official name: Turkmenistan.
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- n. a republic in Asia to the east of the Caspian Sea and to the south of Kazakhstan and to the north of Iran; an Asian soviet from 1925 to 1991
Turkish Türkmen ("Turk-like; Turkmen") + Persian ستان (stān, "-stan") (Wiktionary)