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 (kăr′ə-kôr′əm, kär′-)
A ruined ancient Mongol city in central Mongolia. Inhabited by Turkic tribes from the first century ad, it became Genghis Khan's capital c. 1220 but was abandoned by Kublai Khan in 1267.
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(Placename) a ruined city in Mongolia: founded in 1220 by Ghenghis Khan; destroyed by Kublai Khan when his brother rebelled against him, after Kublai Khan had moved his capital to Peking (now Beijing)
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(ˌkɑr əˈkɔr əm, ˌkær-)

a ruined city in central Mongolian People's Republic: ancient capital of the Mongol Empire.
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Khara Khorum was also a trade center and goods from far and wide have been recovered there: silver Muslim coins, pieces of Chinese pottery.
Khara Khorum began to fade, although the Khans periodically returned to the city on the steppe.