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Persia

[pur-zhuh, -shuh]
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

noun
  1. the former name (until 1935) of Iran
  2. another name for Persian Empire
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Persia

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

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