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    1. I·ran
      IPA[iˈrän]
      • 1. a country in the Middle East, between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf; population 66,429,300 (est. 2009); capital, Tehran; languages, Farsi (Persian) (official), Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, and others.

      • a country in the Middle East, between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf; population 66,429,300 (est. 2009); languages, Farsi (Persian) (official), Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Arabic, and others; capital, Tehran.
      • the war of 1980–88 between Iran and Iraq in the general area of the Persian Gulf. It ended inconclusively after great hardship and loss of life on both sides.
      • n. noun

        a political scandal of 1987 involving the covert sale by the US of arms to Iran. The proceeds of the arms sales were used by officials to give arms to the anticommunist Contras in Nicaragua, despite congressional prohibition.
      • the war of 1980–8 between Iran and Iraq in the general area of the Persian Gulf. It ended inconclusively after great hardship and loss of life on both sides.
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