(mŏn-gōˈlēə, mŏng–) [key
], republic (2005 est. pop. 2,791,000), 604,247 sq mi (1,565,000 sq km), N central Asia; historically known as Outer Mongolia. Bordered on the west, south, and east by China and on the north by Russia, it comprises more than half the historical region of Mongolia
; the other part forms China's Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region
. The capital and largest city is Ulaanbaatar
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