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Hormoz

(Encyclopedia)Hormoz ôrˈ–, ôr– [key], island (1989 est. pop. 2,500), 5 mi (8.1 km) long and 3.5 mi (5.6 km) wide, S Iran, in the Strait of Hormuz (Hormoz), between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Salt...

Ormuz

(Encyclopedia)Ormuz, Iran: see Hormoz.

Albuquerque, Afonso de

(Encyclopedia)Albuquerque, Afonso de əfôNˈzō dĭ əlbo͞okĕrˈkə, –də älˌbəkĕrˈkə [key], 1453–1515, Portuguese admiral, the effective founder of the Portuguese Empire in the East. He first went to ...

Kish, island, Iran

(Encyclopedia)Kish kēsh [key], island (9 mi/14.5 km long, 4 mi/6.4 km wide), Iran, in the Persian Gulf off central S Iran. Kish has been developed as a tourist resort; there also is fishing, a pearl trade, and agr...

Khosrow II

(Encyclopedia)Khosrow II (Khosrow Parviz) pärvēzˈ [key], d. 628, king of Persia of the Sassanid, or Sassanian, dynasty; grandson of Khosrow I. He is also called Chosroes II or Khosru II. He succeeded his father ...

Abbas I

(Encyclopedia)Abbas I (Abbas the Great) äbäsˈ, ăbäsˈ, ăbˈəs [key], 1557–1629, shah of Persia (1587–1628), of the Safavid dynasty. In 1597 he ended the raids of the Uzbeks, and subsequently (1603–23) ...

Safavid

(Encyclopedia)Safavid säfäˈwēd [key], Iranian dynasty (1499–1736), that established Shiite Islam in Iran as an official state religion. The Safavid state provided both the territorial and societal foundations...

Portugal

(Encyclopedia)CE5 Portugal pôrˈchəgəl, officially Portuguese Republic, republic (2015 est. pop. 10,418,000), 35,553 sq mi (92,082 sq km), SW Europe, on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula and including...

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