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  • proper noun conventional name of an ancient Indo-Scythian or Tocharian realm in Central Asia and Northern India.
  • proper noun Alternative name for Bactrian language being used by some scholars.

Etymologies

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Epigraphic (Bactrian in Greek script) ΚΟϷΑΝ košan, Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Guṣāṇa, Parthian kšn, ultimately from Chinese 貴霜 guì shuāng. The conventional name Kushan and the proposed connection with the Chinese term is due to Alexander Cunningham's Coins of the Indo-Scythians, Sakas & Kushans (1899).

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