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

  • A city of western Iran west-southwest of Tehran. Founded in the fourth century AD, it was later a frontier fortress against the Ottoman Turks.


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  • "A bronze Venus posed coquettishly on the mantelpiece, companioned by a pair of gold-rimmed porcelain bowls and silver-gilt candelabra, blazing with beeswax candles. A close-napped carpet that I recognized as a very good Kermanshah covered most of the floor and a spinet crouched in one corner...."

    —Diana Gabaldon, Dragonfly in Amber (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 822

    January 3, 2010