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Relating to or characteristic of the ancient central Asian country of Bactria or its inhabitants:‘the puzzling script of very early Bactrian civilisation’
- ‘I was waiting for him to promise to create a national health care system for the Bactrian children.’
- ‘Pieces resembling the Bactrian gold have come on the market.’
- ‘The objects date mostly from the great Bronze Age of the Bactrian civilisation.’
- ‘The Bactrian king assessed the odds and made his decision.’
- ‘Six boxes of Bactrian gold were found intact.’
1A native or inhabitant of the ancient central Asian country of Bactria:‘Zoroaster was king of the Bactrians’
- ‘The king of the Bactrians was vanquished.’
- ‘Anciently, the Assyrians and Bactrians fought against each other.’
- ‘He fought first the Theban Greeks, then the Persians, then the Bactrians.’
2‘the smaller Bactrians could carry heavier loads’short for Bactrian camel
- ‘The first camels in the Northwest were Bactrians.’
- ‘The Bactrian has generally a more massive body than the Dromedary.’
- ‘The smaller Bactrians could carry heavier loads and made better pack animals.’
- ‘The wild Bactrian is greyer, slimmer and has smaller sized humps.’
- ‘Bactrians have two humps.’
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