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Baku

[buh-koo]
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noun
  1. a city in and the capital of Azerbaijan, in the E part, on the Caspian Sea.

Azerbaijan

[ah-zer-bahy-jahn, az-er-bahy-jan; Russian uh-zyir-bahy-jahn]
noun
  1. Also Az·er·bai·dzhan. Formerly Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. a republic in Transcaucasia, N of Iran and W of the Caspian Sea. 33,430 sq. mi. (86,600 sq. km). Capital: Baku.
  2. a region of NW Iran, divided into two provinces in 1938: East Azerbaijan (Capital: Tabriz) and West Azerbaijan (Capital: Orumiyeh).
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  • In the Baku oil-fields there are now no fewer than 4094 bores, of which 2600 are productive.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • It was an adventurous journey that I commenced from Baku on April 6, 1886.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • The petroleum is conveyed by pipe lines to the refineries at Baku.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • From this summons the nature of the Baku congress can be imagined.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • But our radio wasn't working, so we couldn't buzz Baku to tell them.


British Dictionary definitions for baku

Baku

Bak

noun
  1. the capital of Azerbaijan, a port on the Caspian Sea: important for its extensive oilfields. Pop: 1 830 000 (2005 est)

Azerbaijan

noun
  1. a republic in NW Asia: the region was acquired by Russia from Persia in the early 19th century; became the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1936 and gained independence in 1991; consists of dry subtropical steppes around the Aras and Kura rivers, surrounded by the Caucasus; contains the extensive Baku oilfields. Language: Azerbaijani (or Azeri). Religion: Shiite Muslim. Currency: manat. Capital: Baku. Pop: 9 590 159 (2013 est). Area: 86 600 sq km (33 430 sq miles)
  2. a mountainous region of NW Iran, separated from the republic of Azerbaijan by the Aras River: divided administratively into Eastern Azerbaijan and Western Azerbaijan . Capitals: Tabriz and Orumiyeh. Pop: 2 119 524 (2002 est)
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Word Origin and History for baku

Azerbaijan

country name, of unknown origin, perhaps from Old Persian Aturpatakan, from Greek Atropatene, from the Persian satrap Atropates, who ruled there in the time of Alexander the Great; or from local azer "fire" + baydjan (Iranian baykan) "guardian," in reference to fire-worship.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

baku in Culture

Azerbaijan

[(az-uhr-beye-jahn, ah-zuhr-beye-jahn)]

Republic in southwestern Asia, bordered to the north by Georgia and Russia, to the east by the Caspian Sea, to the south by Iran, and to the west by Armenia. Its capital and largest city is Baku.

Note

This former member of the Soviet Union declared its independence in 1991.

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Predominantly Muslim, Azerbaijan has been involved in an often violent dispute with Armenia, its predominantly Christian neighbor, over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mainly Armenian region of Azerbaijan.

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The country possesses valuable oil reserves.
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