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Asian Countries by Etymology

When given a description, guess the country's name that goes along with it.
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Name Meaning
Country
Likely comes from Pliny the Elder's "Omana"
Oman
Derivation of Greek for "Indian islands"
Indonesia
May come from the Sanskrit word for "garland of islands"
Maldives
Its name could mean "south" in Arabic
Yemen
One theory is that the name comes from "Qin"
China
All that is known is that it originated from the Bamar people
Myanmar
It might relate to the Greek word for "copper"
Cyprus
"Land of the Turkmen"
Turkmenistan
"Land of the Malays"
Malaysia
Named for its southern location in the ancient kingdom of Goguryeo
South Korea
"Land of the Mongols" in Latin
Mongolia
Named for a mountain meaning "white," due to its snow-capped peak
Lebanon
The first word means "island," and the second word could mean "resplendent"
Sri Lanka
"Land of the Pure"
Pakistan
"The land of Aryans"
Iran
"East East" - one word is from Malay
Timor Leste
Comes from the ancient Greek name for the Assyrians
Syria
One possible meaning is "platform bay"
Taiwan
Its name includes the peninsula it's on, and its term for "states"
United Arab Emirates
"Land of Fire"
Azerbaijan
Its name derives from the Indus River
India
Likely derived from the Persian name for people of the country, "gurğ"
Georgia
"Land of the Lao"
Laos
"Land of the Free"
Thailand
Name Meaning
Country
The country's people + "south"
Vietnam
"The islands of Philip"
Philippines
Its name may derive from a pre-Islamic tribe in Central Asia
Tajikistan
It might come from "inhabitant of Arme"
Armenia
Named for its northern location in the ancient kingdom of Goguryeo
North Korea
Arabic for "fortress built near water"
Kuwait
Anglicized form of "Kampuchea"
Cambodia
"Lion City"
Singapore
Loosely translates to "that's it!"
Brunei
The ruling dynasty + its peninsula
Saudi Arabia
"Land of Bengal"
Bangladesh
In Arabic folk, it means "fertile"
Iraq
Literally translates to "land of the wanderers"
Kazakhstan
"God contends"
Israel
Its name could mean "genuine man"
Uzbekistan
Arabic for "the two seas"
Bahrain
"The land of the Turks"
Turkey
"The origin of the Sun"
Japan
"Forty" + "tribes" is one theory
Kyrgyzstan
"Land of the Afghans"
Afghanistan
"End of Tibet"
Bhutan
All that is known is that it derives from the term used for its inhabitants, "Catharrei"
Qatar
"To flow down"
Jordan
In mythology, it derives from the ancient Hindu sage Ne
Nepal
3 Comments
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Level 39
May 17, 2023
Descriptions for Sri Lanka and Pakistan are incorrect
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Level 69
May 17, 2023
Do you know what the correct ones are?
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Level 51
May 19, 2024
"Pakistan" has two etymologies: from "pak",Urdu/Persian for pure, and "stan", Farsi for "land of", and as an acronym of Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir and BalochiSTAN.

The "Sri" in Sri Lanka is an honorific term in Sanskrit, "Lanka" does mean island.