from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic also Kir·ghi·zia (kîr-gēˈzhə, -zhē-ə, -zē-ə)Kyrgyzstan A country of west-central Asia bordering on southeast Kazakhstan and northwest China. The region was inhabited probably before the 13th century by the Kyrgyz and was annexed by Russia in 1864. It became an autonomous republic of the Soviet Union in 1926 and a constituent republic in 1936. Kyrgyzstan declared its independence in 1991 following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bishkek is the capital and the largest city. Population: 5,280,000.
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- proper n. Country in Central Asia, bordering on Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and China. Official name: Kyrgyz Republic.
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- n. a landlocked republic in west central Asia bordering on northwestern China; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
Old Turkish kırk ("forty") + Old Turkish uz ("tribes") + Persian ستان (stān, "-stan") (Wiktionary)