Pronunciation: (dä"gu-stän', dag"u-stan'; Russ. du-gyi-stän'), [key]
1. an autonomous republic in the SW Russian Federation on the W shore of the Caspian Sea. 1,800,000; 19,421 sq. mi. (50,300 sq. km). Cap.: Makhachkala. Formerly, Dagestan' Auton'omous So'viet So'cialist Repub'lic.
2. a closely woven carpet of this region having a floral design and a zigzag border, usually in pastel shades.
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