Balkans meaning

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The Balkan Peninsula.
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The Balkan Mountains.
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The Balkan States.
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(place) Countries of the Balkan Peninsula (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, & the European part of Turkey)
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A geographical region in the southeast of Europe, roughly equivalent to the area covered by Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Kosovo, Croatia, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece and sometimes Romania.
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Origin of balkans

  • Of Turkic origin. Compare Turkish balkan (“wooded mountain range”).

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