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As with the majority of nations, the etymology of the word "Kurd" is not entirely clear. Very often the same name has been used for two or more ethnic groups. For example, for themselves the Kurmanjis say "Kurmancî/Kirmancî" and for the Dersimites they say "Zaza". But for themselves, the Zazas of Dersim say "Kirmanc," and for the Kurmanjis they say "Kirdas"! Not unlike how Russians say "nemets" for the Germans, but the Arabs say "namsāwī" for the Austrians, which words have the same root.

It is obvious that the word "kurd" is very old: in Pahlavi as "kurt/kwrt" it has been written, in Sumerian "karda", in Aramaic "qardu", and in Ancient Greek "kyrti". But it is not clear if the meaning of these words is for the present Kurdish people or not. But the conclusion is not even clear what the meaning of these words is. But of course it is probably from the Sumerian word "kur" (mountain) because the Sumerians said "karda" for the people in the mountainous regions of Upper Mesopotamia.

Of course it is Iranian from Aramaic from Sumerian.



Kurd (plural Kurds)

  1. A member of the linguistically and culturally distinct people who speak Kurdish and inhabit those parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia, Armenia and Georgia sometimes known as Kurdistan.

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Kurd m pers (feminine Kurdyjka)

  1. Kurd


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  • Kurd in Polish dictionaries at PWN