Persia

[ pur-zhuh, -shuh ]
/ ˈpɜr ʒə, -ʃə /

noun

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.
former official name (until 1935) of Iran.

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Persia
/ (ˈpɜːʃə) /

noun

the former name (until 1935) of Iran
another name for Persian Empire
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