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 (tûr′kĭ-stăn′, -stän′)
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(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
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(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
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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. Preparations had been made for such a happening, and though sixty thousand soldiers of Europe were carried off, the international corps of physicians isolated the contagion and dammed it back.
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.
On the other side of the battle, the two jihadist groups, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party, are leading the defense of Kabani.
The Turkestan team (Kazakhstan) won the third place.
"I want to share other good news for Atyrau and Turkestan citizens.
Already in November, residents of Atyrau and Turkestan will be able to receive public services in more comfortable conditions," said Baltasheva.
NUR-SULTAN -- Two people were killed, 165 people injured and roughly 40,000 people were evacuated after an explosion rocked a military depot in Kazakhstan's southern city of Arys, Turkestan region, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Tuesday.
Summary: Arys [Kazakhstan], Jun 25 (ANI): Two people were killed and 165 others sustained injuries after an explosion rocked a military depot in the southern province of Turkestan, country's Ministry of Internal Affairs said on Tuesday.
At 07:00 (Nur-Sultan time) the voting commenced in 9 regions- Akmola, Almaty, East Kazakhstan, Zhambyl, Karaganda, Kostanay, Pavlodar, North Kazakhstan, Turkestan and in three cities - Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent.
Prokudin-Gorsky's introduction to Central Asia started with a visit to Turkestan in December 1906.