the modern Iranian language of Iran and western Afghanistan, written in the Arabic alphabet; modern Persian.

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another name for Persian (def. 4)
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1878, modern Persian language, the usual Iranian word for it, from Fars, Arabic name for region of Pars (no "p" in Arabic) in southwestern Iran, where the modern language evolved from Indo-European-based Persian with many Arabic elements.

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