bactrian


bactrian

noun

  1. an ancient country in W Asia, between the Oxus River and the Hindu Kush Mountains. Capital: Bactra.

adjective

  1. of or relating to Bactria,

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Bactria

noun

  1. an ancient country of SW Asia, between the Hindu Kush mountains and the Oxus River: forms the present Balkh region in N Afghanistan

“inhabitant of Bactria,” late 14c.; as a type of camel, c.1600, from Latin Bactria, ancient region in what is now northwestern Afghanistan, literally “the western province,” from Persian bakhtar “the west.”

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