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Country Name Etymologies #2

We describe the origin of the country name. You guess the country.
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Last updated: October 15, 2019
First submittedJune 16, 2019
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Hint
Country
"Equator" in Spanish
Ecuador
"Village" in the Iroquois language
Canada
Derived from Latin.
Julius Caesar used it to refer to all
tribes east of the Rhine
Germany
Describes its importance to the
trade in elephant tusks
Ivory Coast
"Indian Islands" in Greek
Indonesia
Named after the second highest
mountain in Africa
Kenya
Describes its position in the
middle of the continent
Central African
Republic
Named for a river that drains
into the Dead Sea
Jordan
Spanish for "old" and "bearded"
Antigua and
Barbuda
"Lion Mountains"
Sierra Leone
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Country
Spanish for "silvery"
Argentina
German for "light stone"
Liechtenstein
An adaptation of its former name:
"The Gilbert Islands"
Kiribati
Combination of the country's peninsula
and its ruling royal family
Saudi Arabia
Named after Maurice of Nassau,
leader of the Netherlands
Mauritius
A derivation of Marrakesh,
the former capital
Morocco
Variation of the Spanish for "low sea"
Bahamas
A portmanteau of Punjab, Afghania,
Kashmir, Sindh, and Baluchistan
Pakistan
Named for a Viking tribe that settled
along the Black Sea
Russia
Named after a rich Biblical king
Solomon Islands
Sanskrit for "holy island"
Sri Lanka
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level 70
Jun 16, 2019
Theory about the name Rus is not so strong, but it is maybe true. Similar names can be found all over the Slavic world. For example, one of the Serbian medieval countries had name Raška (Rashka) with city Ras in it.
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level 72
Jun 17, 2019
Wow, Bahamas was a difficult one.. How do you make "low sea" in Spanish from this?
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level 72
Jun 17, 2019
Equally confused how Kiribati is derived from Gilbert Islands
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level 61
Jun 17, 2019
"Kiribati" is the Kiribati rendition of "Gilberts".
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level 75
Jun 17, 2019
It's how the i-Kiribati understood the sound of "Gilberts", and, more importantly, how they write it.
For example, the "ti" in Kiribati is pronunced as "s": "Christmas" turns into "Kiritimati".
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level 74
Jun 26, 2019
It's pronounced something like Kiribes, which is more obviously a simplification/adaptation of Gilberts
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level 61
Jul 4, 2019
just say it like gilibati first. Makes quite a lot of sense once you see it. (and picture it with a more asian accent)
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level 77
Jun 17, 2019
Also I was stuck on thinking that the answer for the Maurice of Nassau clue was Bahamas.
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level 84
Jun 17, 2019
I guess from the words ¨baja¨ and ¨mar¨... Also ¨bajamar¨ means low tide, maybe related to how low the islands are in general, that you can see them only when low tide.
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level 58
Jun 25, 2019
baha = meas low; mas means more so its means something like more low / lower
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level 61
Jun 17, 2019
Liechtenstein is named after the ruling dynasty. See house of Liechtenstein. Their name is German for "light stone".
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level 34
Oct 10, 2019
Note sure that's correct. The spelling 'Liecht' does not occur in modern or medieval German. It could mean 'bright', or 'shining', but also 'of little weight'.
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level 71
Jun 17, 2019
I love this quiz, but it’s tough and could use a bit more time.
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level 80
Jun 17, 2019
Great quiz, quite tough, I managed to work out a few I didn't already know and learned some new ones
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level 80
Jun 17, 2019
I can usually guess which question will get the fewest right answers, but I was wrong this time. Just sounded it out.. baja mar.
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level 55
Jun 17, 2019
Pakistan is actually an acronym representing the punjab, afghan, and kashmir people
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level 65
Jun 18, 2019
also S for Sind and TAN from Baluchistan. Although STAN can mean country on its own. It's an acronym and it has the meaning this quiz says it has.
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level 84
Jun 19, 2019
Fun!
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level 80
Jun 22, 2019
Shouldn't the Argentinian clue say Latin instead of Spanish? Plata is the Spanish word for silver, while argentum is Latin.
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level 80
Jun 22, 2019
In fact, according to wikipedia it may come from Italian.
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level ∞
Jun 25, 2019
"Silvery" not "silver".
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/argentina#Spanish
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level 65
Jun 28, 2019
Very hard quiz! Nice challenge.
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level 73
Sep 25, 2019
nice, loads tougher than #1.
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level 61
Oct 10, 2019
For the clue about elephant tusks, I swear all I could think of was Tuscany (yes, I know that Tuscany is not a country), and it was so funny to me that I couldn't think of the (obvious) correct answer.
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level 38
Oct 10, 2019
Canada kinda surprised me. Interesting quiz.
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level 56
Oct 10, 2019
Canada is from Alogonquin and not Iroquois, although I understand the confusion
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level 51
Oct 15, 2019
While Pakistan may coincidently mean Land of the Pure in a mixture of languages, this is an etymology quiz. The real origin of the name (Pakstan with the i added later to help pronunciation) was as an acronym for Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh, and BaluchisTAN. This is the true etymology of the name.
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level ∞
Oct 15, 2019
Didn't know that, thanks. The clue has been amended.