from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An ancient country of southwest Asia in present-day northwest Iran. Settled by an Indo-European people, it became part of the Assyrian Empire and was conquered c. 550 B.C. by Cyrus the Great, who added it to the Persian Empire.
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- proper n. a historical region in northwestern Iran, originally inhabited by the Medes
- proper n. territories corresponding to the empire ruled by dynasts from Media
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the sonant mutes β, δ, γ (b, d, g), in Greek, or of their equivalents in other languages, so named as intermediate between the tenues, π, τ, κ (p, t, k), and the aspiratæ (aspirates) φ, θ, χ (ph or f, th, ch). Also called middle mute, or medial, and sometimes soft mute.
From Ancient Greek Μῆδος (Mēdos), from Mada (vocalization uncertain), the Median language self-designator signifying speakers of the Median language. Compare Old Persian 𐎶𐎠𐎭 (Māda). (Wiktionary)