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An ancient region of central Europe between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It was named by the Romans for its predominantly Celtic inhabitants, the Helvetii. Helvetia corresponded roughly to the western part of modern Switzerland, and the name is still used on Swiss currency and postage stamps.
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1. (Placename) the Latin name for Switzerland
2. (Placename) a Roman province in central Europe (1st century bc to the 5th century ad), corresponding to part of S Germany and parts of W and N Switzerland
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Switz•er•land(ˈswɪt sər lənd)
a republic in central Europe. 7,275,467; 15,944 sq. mi. (41,294 sq. km). Cap.: Bern. French, Suisse. German, Schweiz. Italian, Svizzera. Latin, Helvetia.
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