kurds

Kurd

[kurd, koord; Persian koord]
noun
a member of an Islamic people speaking Kurdish and dwelling chiefly in Kurdistan.

Origin:
1610–20

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Kurd (kɜːd)
 
n
a member of a nomadic people living chiefly in E Turkey, N Iraq, and W Iran

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Kurd
1616, the people's self-designation.
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Kurds [(kurdz, koordz)]

A linguistically and culturally distinct people who inhabit parts of Syria, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and the former Soviet Union. Once part of the Ottoman Empire, they long have sought an independent nation-state, but without success. After his defeat in the Persian Gulf War, Saddam Hussein brutally repressed rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq.

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