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Persia

[pur-zhuh, -shuh] /ˈpɜr ʒə, -ʃə/
noun
1.
Also called Persian Empire. an ancient empire located in W and SW Asia: at its height it extended from Egypt and the Aegean to India; conquered by Alexander the Great 334–331 b.c.
2.
former official name (until 1935) of Iran.
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Persia

/ˈpɜːʃə/
noun
1.
the former name (until 1935) of Iran
2.
another name for Persian Empire
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Word Origin and History for Persia

from Latin Persia "Persia," from Greek Persis, from Old Persian Parsa (cf. Persian Fars, Hebrew Paras, Arabic Faris).

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