Definitions for iraqɪˈræk, ɪˈrɑk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a republic in SW Asia, N of Saudi Arabia and W of Iran, centering in the Tigris-Euphrates basin of Mesopotamia. 22,427,150; 172,000 sq. mi. (445,480 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Baghdad.
Iraq, Republic of Iraq, Al-Iraq, Irak(noun)
a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
Country in Mesopotamia that borders on Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Turkey. Official name: Republic of Iraq.
Origin: Possibly from Sumerian “” or “Warka” (Biblical “Erech”) region in the south of ancient Iraq. Medieval Arabic uses ‘Iraq’ as a geographical term for the area in the south and center of the modern Iraq. Some Arabic sources say that Iraq comes from عريق, from عرق, while others say it is from Middle Persian's erāq, due to historic rule from Iraq's plateau-situated neighbor, Persia.