from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • An extensive plateau region of southwest Asia. Since the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, it has been divided among southeast Turkey, northeast Iraq, and northwest Iran, with smaller sections in Syria and Armenia.

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  • proper noun A region in the Middle East inhabited mostly by the Kurds. It encompasses parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria.

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  • noun an extensive geographical region in the Middle East to the south of the Caucasus
  • noun an oriental rug woven by Kurds that is noted for fine colors and durability


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