Samarkand



noun
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a city in SE Uzbekistan: taken by Alexander the Great 329 b.c.; Tamerlane’s capital in the 14th century.
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1.
a province of the ancient Persian Empire between the Oxus and Jaxartes rivers: now in Uzbekistan.
Capital: Samarkand.
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
noun
1.
a region of ancient central Asia. Its chief city was Samarkand

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