from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean Sea extending some 6,440 km (4,000 mi) and linking China with the Roman Empire. Marco Polo followed the route on his journey to Cathay.

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  • proper n. An extensive interconnected network of trade routes across Asia, North and Northeast Africa, and Europe, historically used by silk traders.

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  • n. an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean (4,000 miles); followed by Marco Polo in the 13th century to reach Cathay


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  • The journey I planned was to the south of Kyrgyzstan, to Jalal-Abad via Osh in the Ferghana Valley, Kyrgyzstan’s second city after Bishkek and an ancient crossroads for the Silk Road caravans.


  • Samarkand: Ancient Markanda, the capital of ancient Sogdiana, lies on the old Silk Road in Uzbekistan.

    Alexander the Great

  • Over lunch, he outlined the long journey of the domestic apple from the wild fruit forests of the Tien Shan along the so-called Silk Road to the west.



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