Definition of Kushan in English:


Syllabification: Ku·shan
Pronunciation: /ˈko͞oˌSHän

noun (plural same or Kushans)

  • A member of an Iranian dynasty that invaded the Indian subcontinent and established a powerful empire in the northwest between the 1st and 3rd centuries ad.
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    • Most believe Rajputs come from tribes in central Asia such as the Parthians, Kushans, Shakas, and Huns.
    • But, over the centuries, Persians, Greeks, Parthians, Kushans, and White Huns invaded India.
    • In the Far East, coinage developed in India in the 5th century BC through contacts with Persian coinage by Mauryans and Kushans.


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  • Relating to the Kushan or their dynasty.
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    • During the time of Kaniska, the Kushan king in fourth century AD, Gandhara became a Buddhist country.
    • The jewellery of the Kushan and Mauryan periods shows distinct Greek touches.
    • Remains of Mauryan, Kushan, and Gupta periods have also been found.


from Prakrit kuṣāṇa (adjective), from Iranian.

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