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Bessarabia

[bes-uh-rey-bee-uh] /ˌbɛs əˈreɪ bi ə/
noun
1.
a region in Moldavia (Moldova), on the W shore of the Black Sea: formerly in Romania.
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Bessarabian, adjective, noun
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Bessarabia

/ˌbɛsəˈreɪbɪə/
noun
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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