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Ta•kla•ma•kanˌtɑ klə məˈkɑn(n.)

or Ta•kli•ma•kan

  1. a desert in S central Xingjiang Uygur, in W China. ab. 125,000 sq. mi. (323,750 sq. km).

    Category: Geography (places)


  1. Taklamakan Desert

    The Taklamakan Desert, also known as Taklimakan and Teklimakan, is a desert in southwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwest China. It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan to the west and north, and the Gobi Desert to the east. The name may be an Uyghur borrowing of the Arabic tark, "to leave alone/out/behind, relinquish, abandon" + makan, "place". Another plausible explanation suggests it is derived from Turki taqlar makan, describing "the place of ruins".

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