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also Ui·ghur (wē′go͝or)
n. pl. Uyghur or Uy·ghurs , also Uighur , or Ui·ghurs
1. A member of a mainly agricultural Turkic people inhabiting the Xinjiang region in China.
2. The Turkic language of the Uyghurs.


Uy·ghur′ic (-go͝or′ĭk) adj.
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or Ui•gur or Uy•ghur


n., pl. -ghurs or -gurs, (esp. collectively) -ghur or -gur.
1. a member of a Turkic people of Central Asia, living mainly in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of W China.
2. the language of the Uighurs.
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