Balkh



a town in N Afghanistan: capital of ancient Bactria; center of Zoroastrianism.
Contemporary Examples

After a brief visit to his family in Pakistan, he is now serving as the shadow governor of the key northern province of Balkh.
Freed Taliban Prisoners in Pakistan and Afghanistan Return to Jihad Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzai December 5, 2013

Historical Examples

Greater precision as to dates would shew whether they can have heard of Najm Sns army advancing by way of Balkh.
The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

Balkh and Bokhara there meet Bengal and Bombay, and try to draw eye-teeth.
Stories by English Authors: Orient Various

But enough has been said of what may be hidden beneath the unsightly bazaars and crumbling ruins of modern Balkh.
The Gates of India Thomas Holdich

There is therefore no difficulty in accepting Balkh as the Greek Baktria.
The Gates of India Thomas Holdich

From Balkh to Khulm is about 50 miles and may well pass as two days’ journey.
The Gates of India Thomas Holdich

Also the well-known road by Balkh and Mamiana, direct to Herat.
Afghanistan and the Anglo-Russian Dispute Theo. F. Rodenbough

Whilst they were pleasuring in camp, the latter had taken Balkh.
Rulers of India: Akbar George Bruce Malleson

From Balkh to Bombay men know that rough-ridged print with the old scar running diagonally across it.
Kim Rudyard Kipling

In the 9th century Ḥīvī of Balkh wrote a rationalistic treatise10 on difficulties in the Bible, Exegesis.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2 Various

noun
a region of N Afghanistan, corresponding to ancient Bactria. Chief town: Mazar-i-Sharif

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