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Type Settlement
Scripts Бишкек(Kyrgyz, Russian)
Pronounced Pron. /biʃ.ˈkek/(Kyrgyz) /bɪʃ.ˈkɛk/(English) /bʲɪʂ.ˈkʲek/(Russian)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain. One theory suggests that it comes from a word meaning "whorl, whisk" in Kyrgyz, referring to a tool used to prepare kumis, a traditional dairy product. It could also mean "five heights" from Kyrgyz беш (besh) meaning "five" and бийик (biyik) meaning "tall, high", or it could mean "five chiefs" from беш (besh) meaning "five" and the Turkish title beg meaning "chieftain, master". This is the name of the capital city of Kyrgyzstan.
Added 5/22/2016 by HL
Edited 9/12/2021 by Mike C and HL