As of 2014, there are no officially recognized countries that begin with the letter "x." Mexico and Luxemburg are the only two countries with names containing the letter "x," while China has two regions that begin with "x" – Xizang province and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Countries that begin with "z" and "u" are Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa, Uzbekistan in central Asia and Uruguay in South America.Continue Reading
A famous city that begins with "x" is Xi'an, located in Shaanxi, China. Xi'an is the burial site of Emporer Qin Shi Huang who built an army of life-size terracotta soldiers, horses and chariots to guard him in the afterlife. The soldiers were discovered in 1974 and have been studied extensively for their artistry and construction; they may provide the earliest example of assembly-line manufacturing. Each soldier has unique facial features and was originally painted in bright colors that unfortunately faded when exposed to light.
Among the fictional places that begin with "x" are the mystical city Xanadu from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's unfinished poem "Kubla Khan" and the imaginary country Xanth, created by fantasy author Piers Anthony. Xanth occupies the same area as Florida but exists on a separate, magical plane of reality.Learn more about Reference Books
Sources of information about Mexico include the CIA's online World Factbook page about the country and the English-language website of the current Mexican presidential administration at en.presidencia.gob.mx. About.com also hosts informative pages about Mexico in several of its sections, including geography.about.com, latinamericanhistory.about.com and the travel-oriented gomexico.about.com.Full Answer >
Some words that start with X are xenon, x-ray, xylophone and xenia. The letter X is the third least-common letter in the English alphabet. It is used more frequently than the letters Z and Q, but still only has a frequency of approximately 0.15 percent.Full Answer >
The US Department of State provides an alphabetical list of countries. There is also a list of independent states, defined as sovereign states with a definite territory recognized as independent by the United States.Full Answer >
The names of some abbreviations dictionaries include "The American Heritage Abbreviations Dictionary," "Dictionary of Abbreviations and Acronyms," "Gobbledygook Book: Dictionary of Abbreviations, Acronyms, Initializations and Esoteric Terms" and "Jablonski's Dictionary of Medical Acronyms and Abbreviations." These are in circulation and available for sale at different bookstores.Full Answer >