Usage Kyrgyz, Armenian, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Persian, Russian, Tajik, Ukrainian, Uyghur, Uzbek
Scripts Бишкек(Kyrgyz, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Mongolian Cyrillic, Russian, Tajik, Uzbek Cyrillic) Բիշքեկ(Armenian) Бішкек(Belarusian, Kazakh, Ukrainian) বিশকেক(Bengali) बिश्केक(Hindi) بىشكەك(Kazakh Arabic, Uyghur) بیشکک(Persian)
Pronounced Pron. beesh-KEHK(Kyrgyz, Armenian) byeesh-KYEHK(Belarusian) bish-KEHK(English) byish-KYEHK(Russian) byeesh-KEHK(Ukrainian) [key·IPA]
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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.