country in central Europe: became independent upon the breakup of the U.S.S.R. (1991): 80,134 sq mi (207,546 sq km); pop. 10,152,000; cap. Minsk: formerly, Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
See Belarus in American Heritage Dictionary 4
(bĕlˌə-ro͞osˈ, bĕlˈə-ro͞osˌ, byĕlˌ-) Formerly Be·lo·rus·sia(bĕlˌō-rŭshˈə, byĕlˌ-) also Bye·lo·rus·sia(byĕlˌō-)
A country of eastern Europe east of Poland and west of Russia. Originally settled by Slavs, the region was subject to Lithuania and Poland before passing to Russia in the late 18th century. It was a constituent republic of the USSR, known as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, from 1922 to 1991. Minsk is the capital and the largest city. Population: 9,720,000.