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Noun: Persia  pur-zhu
  1. A theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
    - Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran
     
  2. An empire in southern Asia created by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC and destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC
    - Persian Empire

Type of: Asian country, Asian nation, empire, imperium

Part of: Asia, Gulf States, Middle East, Mideast, Near East, OPEC, Organisation of Petroleum-Exporting Countries [Brit], Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries

Encyclopedia: Persia, New York