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Kyiv

[ kee-ef, -ev; kee-ev ]
/ ˈki ɛf, -ɛv; ˌkiˈɛv /
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noun

a city in and the capital of Ukraine, on the Dnieper River.

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Russian Ki·ev [kyee-yif, kee-ev] /ˈkyi yɪf, ˌkiˈɛv/ .

Origin of Kyiv

First recorded in 1805–10 with spelling Kiev; the spelling Kyiv was first recorded in 1950–55; Kiev from Russian Kíev, Kyiv from Ukrainian Kýiv, both from Old East Slavic Kyevŭ; of uncertain origin. Traditional (folk) etymology derives the name from Kyi, one of the legendary founders of the city; another etymology suggests that the name of the city was Sarmatian (Iranian) Kiovi Kii “heights, mountains,” and that its inhabitants, a Sarmatian tribe, were called Kivi “mountaineers”

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