- the, Also called Caucasus Mountains. a mountain range in Caucasia, between the Black and Caspian seas, along the border between the Russian Federation, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Highest peak, Mt. Elbrus, 18,481 feet (5633 meters).
- Also Caucasia. a region between the Black and Caspian seas: divided by the Caucasus Mountains into Ciscaucasia in Europe and Transcaucasia in Asia.
Examples from the Web for caucasus
We reported a split in the ‘Caucasus Emirate’ with some insurgents joining ISIS.Fierce Fighting in Grozny Raises Specter of ISIS Influence in Russia
December 4, 2014
In this valley so far away from Syria, questions loom like mist drifting off the Caucasus.The Secret Life of an ISIS Warlord
Will Cathcart, Vazha Tavberidze, Nino Burchuladze
October 27, 2014
And we will liberate Chechnya and the entire Caucasus, God willing.ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too, and This Chechen Is One Reason Why.
September 29, 2014
Living as they do in the heart of the volatile Caucasus, Georgians are only too aware of the fires that surround them.ISIS on Georgia’s Mind
September 26, 2014
Russia began a series of wars in the Caucasus that it has yet to win.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
His arrival in the Caucasus is also the result of his romantic fanaticism.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
The Turks are still withdrawing troops from the Caucasus front to ours.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
The wandering minstrel is the principal schoolmaster in the Caucasus.Life of Schamyl
John Milton Mackie
But who can hold a firebrand in his hand by thinking of the frosty Caucasus?Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams.
I am no longer the same Jabaster that gazed upon the stars of Caucasus.Alroy
- Also called: Caucasus Mountains a mountain range in SW Russia, running along the N borders of Georgia and Azerbaijan, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea: mostly over 2700 m (9000 ft). Highest peak: Mount Elbrus, 5642 m (18 510 ft)
- another name for Caucasia
Word Origin and History for caucasus
mountain range between Europe and the Middle East, from Latin Caucasus, from Greek kaukasis, said by Pliny ("Natural History," book six, chap. XVII) to be from a Scythian word similar to kroy-khasis, literally "(the mountain) ice-shining, white with snow." But possibly from a Pelasgian root *kau- meaning "mountain."