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Samarkand

or Samarcand, Samarqand

[sam-er-kand; Russian suh-muhr-kahnt] /ˌsæm ərˈkænd; Russian sə mʌrˈkɑnt/
noun
1.
a city in SE Uzbekistan: taken by Alexander the Great 329 b.c.; Tamerlane's capital in the 14th century.
Ancient Maracanda.

Sogdiana

[sog-dee-ey-nuh, -an-uh] /ˌsɒg diˈeɪ nə, -ˈæn ə/
noun
1.
a province of the ancient Persian Empire between the Oxus and Jaxartes rivers: now in Uzbekistan.
Capital: Samarkand.
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Samarkand

/ˈsæməˌkænd; Russian səmarˈkant/
noun
1.
a city in E Uzbekistan: under Tamerlane it became the chief economic and cultural centre of central Asia, on trade routes from China and India (the "silk road"). Pop: 289 000 (2005 est) Ancient name Maracanda

Sogdiana

/ˌsɒɡdɪˈɑːnə/
noun
1.
a region of ancient central Asia. Its chief city was Samarkand
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