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1670s, in reference to the mountain range of Eastern Europe, from Thracian Greek Karpates oros, literally "Rocky Mountain;" related to Albanian karpe "rock."

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  • Another german ethnic group, the carpathian germans, lived in slovakia.
  • The ridge of the southern carpathian mountains forms its southern border.

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