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  1. a region in Moldavia (Moldova), on the W shore of the Black Sea: formerly in Romania.
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Related formsBes·sa·ra·bi·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for bessarabia

Historical Examples of bessarabia

  • Athanaric staked his all on one battle with the Huns, and lost, by the rivers of Bessarabia.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • But only because we do not know ought we forsake Bessarabia?

  • He was born in Koloraush, a town in the province of Bessarabia, near Roumania.

    The Spirit of the Ghetto

    Hutchins Hapgood

  • In Bessarabia, Turks and Moldavians are the predominant population.

    The Ethnology of Europe

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • Lerner's were drawn from the life in a little town in Bessarabia, the others are mostly Polish.

British Dictionary definitions for bessarabia


  1. a region in E Europe, mostly in Moldova and Ukraine: long disputed by the Turks and Russians; a province of Romania from 1918 until 1940. Area: about 44 300 sq km (17 100 sq miles)
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