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 (kô′kə-səs) also Cau·ca·sia (kô-kā′zhə, -shə)
A region between the Black and Caspian Seas that includes southwest Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, and that forms part of the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia. Inhabited before 2000 bc, it was the scene of countless invasions over the millennia. Conquered by Russia during the 1700s and 1800s, the region has vast oil resources, which were a major German objective in World War II. Following the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the region became the site of various secessionist movements.


(kɔːˈkeɪzɪə; -ʒə)
(Placename) a region in SW Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea: contains the Caucasus Mountains, dividing it into Ciscaucasia in the north and Transcaucasia in the south; one of the most complex ethnic areas in the world, with over 50 different peoples. Also called: the Caucasus


(ˈkɔ kə səs)

n. the,
1. Also called Cau′casus Moun′tains. a mountain range in Caucasia, between the Black and Caspian seas, along the border between Russia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Highest peak, Mt. Elbrus, 18,481 ft. (5633 m).
2. Also, Caucasia. a region between the Black and Caspian seas: divided by the Caucasus Mountains into Ciscaucasia in Europe and Transcaucasia in Asia.
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Noun1.Caucasia - a large region between the Black and Caspian seas that contains the Caucasus Mountains; oil is its major resource
Circassian - a mostly Sunni Muslim community living in northwestern Caucasia
Transcaucasia - a geographical region to the south of the Caucasus Mountains and to the north of Turkey that comprises Georgia and Armenia and Azerbaijan
Caucasus, Caucasus Mountains - the mountain range in Caucasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea that forms part of the traditional border between Europe and Asia
Circassian - a member of the Sunni Muslim people living in northwestern Caucasia
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The amalgamation of various tribes, and of white men of every nation, will in time produce hybrid races like the mountain Tartars of the Caucasus.
As the Aryans moved slowly on, to and through the Caucasus passes, and spread over Europe, new conditions of life must have resulted in the formulation of new religions.
They talked of the Caucasus, of the nature of true passion, of snug berths in the service, of the income of an hussar called Podharzhevsky, whom none of them knew personally, and rejoiced in the largeness of it, of the extraordinary grace and beauty of a Princess D.
In addition, in the Caucasus it is possible to train specialists for specific industries and enterprises that may be in demand in other regions of the country, "D.
Zisserman, Inna Kizirya (translator), and Peter Skinner (contributor); TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE CAUCASUS, 1842-1867; Narikala Publications (Nonfiction: History) 25.
Borderlands Orientalism of How the Savage Lost His Nobility: The Russian Perception of the Caucasus Between 1817 and 1878
TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior advisor to the Iranian foreign minister Seyed Rasoul Moussavi underlined that Tehran is cooperating with Russia to prevent the further growth of extremist and terrorist groups in the Caucasus.
The Caucasus Development Bank OJSC (CDB) is waiting for approval from the Azerbaijan central bank to merge with Atrabank OJSC.
But the meeting was cancelled when the delegates were unable to make it to Turkey from the Caucasus.
Whilst highly controversial, his tough methods have been relatively successful in suppressing the threat from the Caucasus Emirate in Chechnya - but the usual tactics could backfire badly with IS.
His tactics though have also led to the diffusion of radicalism into the neighboring republics of Dagestan, Ingushetia, and Kabardino-Balkaria in particular which have made of up the core of the Caucasus Emirate, known locally as Imarat Kavkaz.
Kebekov leads the Caucasus Emirate, a group the US has already designated as a terrorist entity, and which operates "primarily in the Russian North Caucasus," a Department of State press release affirmed.