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 (tûr′kĭ-stăn′, -stän′)


(ˌtɜːkɪˈstɑːn) or


(Placename) an extensive region of central Asia between Siberia in the north and Tibet, India, Afghanistan, and Iran in the south: formerly divided into West (Russian) Turkestan (also called Soviet Central Asia), comprising present-day Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan and the S part of Kazakhstan, and East (Chinese) Turkestan, approximating to the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China


(ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn)

a vast region in central Asia, from the Caspian Sea to the Gobi desert: includes the Xinjiang Uygur region in W China (Chinese Turkestan), a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
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Noun1.Turkestan - a historical region of central Asia that was a center for trade between the East and the WestTurkestan - a historical region of central Asia that was a center for trade between the East and the West
Asia - the largest continent with 60% of the earth's population; it is joined to Europe on the west to form Eurasia; it is the site of some of the world's earliest civilizations
References in classic literature ?
Persia, Turkestan, and all Central Asia felt the pressure of the flood.
Once the plague broke through and seized upon the German and Austrian soldiers who were guarding the borders of Turkestan.
There is one Turkestan turquoise, plain with black veins, and there are two inscribed - one with a Name of God in gilt, and the other being cracked across, for it came out of an old ring, I cannot read.
The Uyghur militant was filmed in the Hatay Province wearing a Turkish military uniform and East Turkestan patches, the AMN reported.
Often tourists traveling to Kazakhstan are also interested in visiting the historical sights of Uzbekistan, and those who come to Uzbekistan want to visit the mausoleum of Khodja-Ahmet Yassaui in Turkestan and Astana, the Minister said.
Chinese officials accuse the outlawed East Turkestan Islamic Movement, or ETIM, of plotting terrorist attacks in and beyond the province.
With the financial and technical assistance of the 4th community, four schools have been built in the villages of the pump house, Qouchin, four quicks, and Navadabad, Turkestan, Shahr-e-Sharqan district of Jawzjan province.
While in fact, Turkestan is not a country and the term refers to a vast area, one would have supposed that it is a typo and the author meant 'Tajikistan'.
Summary: Embassy says a member of the banned terrorist group East Turkestan Islamic Movement has sneaked into Pakistan to assassinate its ambassador
Wali belongs to the banned East Turkestan Independence Movement (ETIM) - an extremist group which largely operates in China's troubled northwestern border region of Xinjiang.
Ping said that Yao is facing threats to his life from a militant, Abdul Wali, who belongs to the banned East Turkestan Independent Movement, which largely operates from China's Xinjiang region, bordering Pakistan.
We are deeply concerned at the presence of groups like Daesh, ETIM (East Turkestan Islamic Movement) and IMU (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan) in the ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan as they pose a threat to peace and security in the region,' he added.