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 (sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A sturdy twilled cotton fabric used for linings and pockets.

[After Silesia.]


 (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.


(Placename) of or relating to Silesia or its inhabitants
(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Silesia


nSchlesier(in) m(f)
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The wall will separate families from their farmland, prevent 400 poor students from attending a school run by Silesian sisters, place the Silesian convent "in a military zone," and separate the convent from a nearby monastery.
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Under the gothic arches of the Penitent Blanc cathedral/theater, the Silesian Dance Theater, Poland's only contemporary dance company, opened the festival with Notes from a Briefcase, a lively piece that highlighted the flexibility and diversity of the dancers, choreographed by Jacek Luminski.
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