geographical name region SE Europe between the Dniester & Prut rivers; now mostly in Moldova • Bessarabian adjective or noun

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  • Bessarabia — ( Basarabia in Romanian, Бесарабія in Ukrainian, Бессарабия in Russian, Бесарабия in Bulgarian, Besarabya in Turkish) is a historical term for the geographic entity in Eastern Europe bounded by the Dniester River on the east and the Prut River on …   Wikipedia

  • BESSARABIA — BESSARABIA, region between the rivers Prut and Dniester; before 1812 part of Moldavia, with several districts under direct Ottoman rule; within Russia 1812–1918; part of Romania 1918–40; returned to Russia 1940, and together with the Moldavian… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • BESSARABIA — provinc. magni regni Hungariae inter Podoliam, Moldaviam, Danubium fluv. et mare Nigrum, sub Turcis. Ibi urbs praecipua Moncastrum et Tartari populi aliquot …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Bessarabia — [bes΄ə rā′bē ə] region in SE Europe, between the Dnestr & Prut rivers: historically associated with Moldavia since the 14th cent.; ceded by Romania to the U.S.S.R. in 1940 & incorporated into the Moldavian S.S.R. (now Moldova) Bessarabian adj., n …   English World dictionary

  • Bessarabia — Bessarabian, adj., n. /bes euh ray bee euh/, n. a region in Moldavia (Moldova), on the W shore of the Black Sea: formerly in Rumania. * * * Region, eastern Europe. It is bounded by the Prut and Dniester rivers, the Black Sea, and the Danube River …   Universalium

  • Bessarabia — noun A geographic region in Eastern Europe bounded by the Dniester River on the east and the Prut River on the west. Now divided between Moldova and Ukraine …   Wiktionary

  • Bessarabia —  Former name of Moldova …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Bessarabia —    This territory belonged to Russia from 1812 to 1917. In 1818 the status of the Gypsies there was changed from slave (as it had been when the area was part of Moldova/Romania) to serf.    Romania regained the territory in 1917 but after 1945 it …   Historical dictionary of the Gypsies

  • Bessarabia — Bes•sa•ra•bi•a [[t]ˌbɛs əˈreɪ bi ə[/t]] n. geg a region in Moldavia, on the W shore of the Black Sea: formerly part of Romania Bes sa•ra′bi•an, adj. n …   From formal English to slang

  • Bessarabia — /bɛsəˈreɪbiə/ (say besuh raybeeuh) noun a region in south eastern Europe, mainly in Moldova; formerly a province of Romania (1918–40). About 44 300 km2. –Bessarabian, adjective, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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