Turkistan

geographical name
Tur·​ki·​stan | \ ˌtər-kə-ˈstan How to pronounce Turkistan (audio) , -ˈstän; ˈtər-kə-ˌstan, -ˌstän \
variants: or Turkestan

Definition of Turkistan

region of central Asia between Iran and Siberia — see chinese turkestan, russian turkestan

Note: Turkistan is now divided between Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, China, and Afghanistan.

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“Turkistan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Turkistan. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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