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Eastern Turkestan

noun
1.
See under Turkestan.

Turkestan

or Turkistan

[tur-kuh-stan, -stahn] /ˌtɜr kəˈstæn, -ˈstɑn/
noun
1.
a vast region in W and central Asia, E of the Caspian Sea: includes territory in the S central part of Xinjiang province in China (Eastern Turkestan or Chinese Turkestan) a strip of N Afghanistan, and the area (Russian Turkestan) comprising the republics of Kazakhstan, Kirghizia (Kyrgyzstan), Tadzhikistan (Tajikistan), Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Related forms
Turkestanian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Eastern Turkestan
Historical Examples
  • When everything else had been denied me from London the road to Eastern Turkestan still lay open.

  • Eastern Turkestan is one of the worst-watered regions in the world.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg Demetrius Boulger
  • The power of his arms had added Eastern Turkestan to the Chinese empire, a region which it continues to hold to-day.

  • It is now time for us to relate how they fared in Eastern Turkestan.

    The Life of Yakoob Beg Demetrius Boulger
  • The greater part of Eastern Turkestan is occupied by the desert called Takla-makan, the most terrible and dangerous in the world.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • I was ostensibly getting ready for a journey to Eastern Turkestan, but his meaning smile told me that he divined my intention.

  • South of Eastern Turkestan lies the huge upheaval of the earth's crust which is called Tibet.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • I wanted to get out of this labyrinth of mountains and valleys which pour their waters into Eastern Turkestan.

  • As long as we were on the great winter route to Eastern Turkestan they must all believe that Khotan was my destination.

  • We are now on the high road between India and Eastern Turkestan, the most elevated caravan route in the world.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
British Dictionary definitions for Eastern Turkestan

Turkestan

/ˌtɜːkɪˈstɑːn/
noun
1.
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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