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Sog·di·an  audio  (sgd-n) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Of or relating to an ancient Iranian people whose homeland was in the area around Samarkand and who had established settlements throughout Chinese Turkistan before the advent of Islam.
NOUN:
  1. A member of this people.
  2. The extinct Middle Iranian language of this people, known chiefly from texts and inscriptions dating from the second to the ninth centuries a.d.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin Sogdinus, from Greek Sogdoi, Sogdians, from Old Persian Sug(u)da-


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