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The region of the "seven rivers," only five of which still exist today

Zhetysu (Kazakh: Жетісу, romanized: Jetısu, pronounced [ʑjɪtɪsəw];[1][2] meaning "seven rivers" or more literally, "seven waters") or Jeti-Suu (Kyrgyz: Жети-Суу, romanized: Jeti-Suu, pronounced [dʒetisuː]),[lower-alpha 1] also transcribed Zhetisu,[5][6] Jetisuw,[7][8] Jetysu,[9][10] Jeti-su[11][12] or Jity-su,[13] is a historical name of a part of Central Asia corresponding to the southeastern part of modern Kazakhstan.

Word comes from "seven rivers" in Kazakh language but meant "abounding in water", in contrast to the dry steppes of the eastern Balkhash area. It owes its name to the rivers that flow from the southeast into Lake Balkhash. Zhetysu falls into today's Almaty Region and other South-Eastern parts of Kazakhstan and some parts of Northern Kyrgyzstan.