Pronunciation: (ä"zur-bī-jän', az"ur-bī-jan'; Russ. u-zyir-bī-jän'), [key]
1. Also,Az"er•bai•dzhan'.Formerly, Azerbaijan' So'viet So'cialist Repub'lic. a republic in Transcaucasia, N of Iran and W of the Caspian Sea. 7,029,000; 33,430 sq. mi. (86,600 sq. km). Cap.: Baku.
2. a region of NW Iran, divided into two provinces in 1938: East Azerbaijan (4,114,084; Cap.: Tabriz) and West Azerbaijan (1,971,677; Cap.: Orumiyeh).
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