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 (ăb-kā′zhə, -zē-ə, -kä′-, äb-)
An autonomous republic of northwest Georgia bordering on Russia and the Black Sea. Georgian troops were forced to withdraw from the region in 1993 after a yearlong war with secessionist rebels.


(æbˈkɑːzɪə) or

Abkhaz Autonomous Republic

(Placename) a disputed region of NW Georgia, between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains: a subtropical region, with mountains rising over 3900 m (13 000 ft); Abkhazian separatists seized control of the region in 1993; Russia formally recognized it as an independent republic following the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, although Georgia still claims the region as part of its territory. Capital: Sukhumi. Pop: 220 600 (2006 est). Area: 8600 sq km (3320 sq miles). Also called: Abkhaz Autonomous Republic


or Ab•kha•si•a

(æbˈkeɪ ʒə, -zi ə, -ˈkɑ-)

an autonomous republic in the Georgian Republic, on the E coast of the Black Sea. 537,000; 3320 sq. mi. (8600 sq. km). Cap.: Sukhumi.
Ab•kha′zi•an (-ˈkeɪ zi ən, -ʒən) adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Abkhazia - an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black SeaAbkhazia - an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
Abkhas, Abkhaz - Circassian people living east of the Black Sea
Sakartvelo, Georgia - a republic in Asia Minor on the Black Sea separated from Russia by the Caucasus mountains; formerly an Asian soviet but became independent in 1991
Abkhas, Abkhasian, Abkhaz, Abkhazian - a member of the Circassian people who live to the east of the Black Sea


[æbˈkɑːzɪə] NAbjazia f


nAbchasien nt
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