Kho·ta·nese (kō′tə-nēz, -nēs)
A Middle Iranian language preserved in Buddhist and secular documents from eastern Chinese Turkistan that date from about the fifth through the tenth century AD.
[After Khotan, ancient kingdom centered around modern Hetian (Xinjiang Uygur), where the language was spoken, from Khotanese Hvatana-; see s(w)e- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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