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The suffix -desh is an Indo-Aryan word for "country".[1][2] It appears in the names of many regions and countries, especially in South Asia and Southeast Asia (Indonesia):

In Indonesia it becomes Desa which is an Indonesian word for "village".

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  1. ^ a b Hossain, Mokerrom (21 February 2010). From Protest to Freedom: A Book for the New Generation: the Birth of Bangladesh. Mokerrom. p. 24. ISBN 9780615486956. Retrieved 21 July 2017 – via Google Books. The name of the country reflects the name of the language the people speak, Bangla – an Indo Aryan language. The word 'desh' means the native land. Thus, Bangladesh means, the native land of Bangla speaking people.
  2. ^ Prantik, Maharashtra (1963). Samagra Savarkar Wangmaya. Hindusabha. p. 436. Retrieved 21 July 2017 – via Google Books.