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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The capital and largest city of Iraq, in the center of the country on the Tigris River. Founded in the eighth century, it was heavily damaged by U.S. forces during the Persian Gulf War (1991). Population: 5,670,000.

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  • proper n. The capital of, and largest city in Iraq, situated in the center of the country on the Tigris river; an ancient city and historical center of the Muslim world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. capital and largest city of Iraq; located on the Tigris River

Etymologies

From Middle Persian  (bag-dād, bag-dāt, "given by god"). Compare Avestan  (bağō-dâta). (Wiktionary)

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