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A region and former grand duchy of west-central Germany. Originally a medieval landgraviate, Hesse was later divided (1567) into four separate states, one of which was elevated to a grand duchy in 1806 before the whole region was absorbed (1871) into the German Empire.
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(Placename) a state of central Germany, formed in 1945 from the former Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau and part of the former state of Hesse; part of West Germany until 1990. Capital: Wiesbaden. Pop: 6 089 000 (2003 est). Area: 21 111 sq km (8151 sq miles). German name: Hessen
Hesse(hɛs; German ˈhɛsə)
(Biography) Hermann (ˈhɛrman). 1877–1962, German novelist, short-story writer, and poet. His novels include Der Steppenwolf (1927) and Das Glasperlenspiel (1943): Nobel prize for literature 1946
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Hes•se(ˈhɛs ə for 1; hɛs for 2 )
1. Hermann, 1877–1962, German writer: Nobel prize 1946.
2. German, Hes•sen (ˈhɛs ən) a state in central Germany. 5,980,693; 8150 sq. mi. (21,110 sq. km).Cap.: Wiesbaden.
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