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Borrowing from Pashto هلمند and Persian هلمند, ultimately from Avestan 𐬵𐬀𐬉𐬙𐬎𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬝 (haētumant̰, literally with dams).

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A region of Afghanistan, now specifically the name of an administrative province of the country and of the river running through it.
    • 1879, Sir Norman Lockyer, Nature, vol. 19, p. 41:
      To the west the Afghan plateau undergoes a very considerable depression, at the bottom of which lies the marshy lake, Hamoun, into which the Helmand river finds its way; but it again rises in the vast plains which lead towards Farsistan.
    • 2016, Sune Engel Rasmussen, The Guardian, 22 August:
      Since late July, the Taliban have seized new territory across Helmand, defying a series of about 30 US airstrikes, and raising concern of an attack on the capital.