Hephthalite (Scope note)

The Hephthalites, also known as the White Huns, were a group of Central Asian nomads who migrated from the Altai region to Transoxiana around AD 420-440, driving out the Kushans (q.v.). After defeat and being made tributary in turn by the Turks in 553 (q.v. 'Turkic'), some Hephthalites may have joined the Avars (q.v.) in their migration to the steppes and Central Europe.