Orig: of foreign origin; Paras (i.e. Persia), an Eastern country, including its inhabitants:--Persia, Persians.
Use: TWOT-1820 Proper Name
Persia = "pure" or "splendid"
1) the empire Persia; encompassed the territory from India on the east to Egypt and Thrace on the west, and included, besides portions of Europe and Africa, the whole of western Asia between the Black Sea, the Caucasus, the Caspian and the Jaxartes on the north, the Arabian desert, the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean on the south
1a) Persia proper was bounded on the west by Susiana or Elam, on the north by Media, on the south by the Persian Gulf and on the east by Carmania
Persian = see Persia "pure" or "splendid"
2) the people of the Persian empire