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At 12:34 22.1.2004, Andreas Johansson wrote:

>Well, yes. Strictly speaking, only the first bit or Iran is cognate to
>'arya-',
>the second bit meaning something like "land".

_Iran_ derives from the genitive plural of _aarya-_,
as does the modern Persian plural generally.

This is at least the standard explanation, notwithstanding
the existence of an Old Persian province which the Greeks
called Ariana.

/BP 8^)
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