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Si·le·sia(sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A region of central Europe primarily in southwest Poland and the northern Czech Republic. Settled by Slavic peoples c. ad 500, the region was long contested by various states and principalities. After World War I Silesia was partitioned among Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Much of the Czechoslovakian section passed to Germany and Poland after the signing of the Munich Pact in 1938. Germany occupied Polish Silesia from 1939 to 1945, and after World War II Poland annexed most of German Silesia. Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, is an important industrialized area.
Si·le′sian adj. & n.
si·le·sia(sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A sturdy twilled cotton fabric used for linings and pockets.
(Placename) a region of central Europe around the upper and middle Oder valley: mostly annexed by Prussia in 1742 but became almost wholly Polish in 1945; rich coal and iron-ore deposits. Polish name: Śląsk Czech name: Slezsko German name: Schlesien
(Textiles) a twill-weave fabric of cotton or other fibre, used esp for pockets, linings, etc
[C17: Latinized form of German Schlesien Silesia]
Si•le•sia(sɪˈli ʒə, -ʃə, saɪ-)
a region in central Europe along both banks of the upper Oder River, mainly in SW Poland and the N Czech Republic.
Si•le′sian, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Silesia - a region of central Europe rich in deposits of coal and iron ore; annexed by Prussia in 1742 but now largely in Poland|
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
|2.||silesia - a sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric; used for pockets and linings|