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Designating a light and hardy horse developed in Turkmenistan, having a slender body and a coat that typically has a metallic bloom; designating the breed to which this horse belongs.
The Akhal-Teke breed of horse; a horse of this breed.
Late 19th century. From Akhal-Teke (Turkmen Ahal-Teke), the name of a group of oases in southern Turkmenistan, where the breed originates. With the adjective, compare Russian axaltekinskij, Turkmen Ahal-Teke aty, lit. ‘Akhal-Teke horse’ (after Russian). With the noun, compare Russian † tekke-axal′′, axaltekinec Akhal-Teke horse.
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