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Kurd

[kurd, koo rd; Persian koord]
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noun
  1. a member of an Islamic people speaking Kurdish and dwelling chiefly in Kurdistan.

Origin of Kurd

First recorded in 1610–20
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British Dictionary definitions for kurds

Kurd

noun
  1. a member of a nomadic people living chiefly in E Turkey, N Iraq, and W Iran
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Word Origin and History for kurds

Kurd

1610s, the people's self-designation.

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kurds in Culture

Kurds

[(kurdz, koordz)]

A linguistically and culturally distinct people who inhabit parts of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union. Once part of the Ottoman Empire, they long have sought an independent nation-state, but without success. After his defeat in the Persian Gulf War, Saddam Hussein brutally repressed rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq.

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