Scripts Азәрбајҹан (Azeri Cyrillic)
Pronounced Pron. AZ-ər-BAI-jahn
Other Forms FormsAzərbaycan (Azeri)
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 5/22/2016
Derived from Persian آذربایجان (âzarbâyjân) which is ultimately from Middle Persian Ādurbādagān referring to Atropates, the Persian nobleman who founded the kingdom of Atropene. In turn, his name is derived from Old Persian Athurpat meaning "protected by fire". This is the name of a former Soviet state and current country located in the Caucasus.