from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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. Population: 1,130,000.

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  • proper n. The capital of Azerbaijan.

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

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


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



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