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

  • The capital of Azerbaijan on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. Frequently under Persian rule, the city was annexed by Russia in 1806. It has been a center of oil production since the 1870s. In 1990 it was the scene of fierce fighting between Soviet forces and secessionist rebels.

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  • proper noun The capital of Azerbaijan.

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  • noun a port city on the Caspian Sea that is the capital of Azerbaijan and an important center for oil production


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From Russian Баку, from Azeri Bakı, possibly from Persian باد کوبہ (bād kubeh, "wind-pounded").


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