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Baku

[buh-koo]
noun
a city in and the capital of Azerbaijan, in the E part, on the Caspian Sea.
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Baku or Bakı (Russian baˈku)
 
n
the capital of Azerbaijan, a port on the Caspian Sea: important for its extensive oilfields. Pop: 1 830 000 (2005 est)
 
Bakı or Bakı
 
n

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Azerbaijan
country name, of unknown origin, perhaps from O.Pers. Aturpatakan, from Gk. Atropatene, from the Pers. Atropates, who ruled there in the time of Alexander the Great; or from local azer "fire" + baydjan (Iranian baykan) "guardian," in ref. to fire-worship.
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Azerbaijan [(az-uhr-beye-jahn, ah-zuhr-beye-jahn)]

Republic in southwestern Asia, bordered to the north by Georgia and Russia, to the east by the Caspian Sea, to the south by Iran, and to the west by Armenia. Its capital and largest city is Baku.

Note: This former member of the Soviet Union declared its independence in 1991.
Note: Predominantly Muslim, Azerbaijan has been involved in an often violent dispute with Armenia, its predominantly Christian neighbor, over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mainly Armenian region of Azerbaijan.
Note: The country possesses valuable oil reserves.
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