Belarus meaning

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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.
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(place) Country in central Europe: became independent upon the breakup of the U.S.S.R. (1991): 80,155 sq mi (207,600 sq km); cap. Minsk.
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A country in Europe. Official name: Republic of Belarus (Belarusian: Рэспублiка Беларусь (Respublika Bjelarusʹ)).
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Alternative form of Belarus.
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Origin of belarus

  • From Slavic *bel (“white”) + -a- (connecting morpheme) + Русь (Rusĭ, “Ruthenia”); The stem bel- is cognate with Balt- (Baltic), from Lithuanian baltas (“white”). Compare Belarusian Беларусь (Belarús’), Russian Беларусь (Belarús’), Белоруссия (Belorússija).

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