Sogdian [säg′dē ən]
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- a member of a people that lived in Sogdiana
- the extinct Iranian language of this people
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Of or relating to an ancient Iranian people whose homeland was in the area around Samarqand and who had established settlements throughout Chinese Turkistan before the advent of Islam. noun
- A member of this people.
- The extinct Middle Iranian language of this people, known chiefly from texts and inscriptions dating from the second to the ninth centuries A.D.
Origin: Latin Sogdiānus, from Greek Sogdoi, Sogdians, from Old Persian Sug(u)da-.