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countryside

[kuhn-tree-sahyd] /ˈkʌn triˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
a particular section of a country, especially a rural section.
2.
its inhabitants.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; country + side1
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British Dictionary definitions for country side

countryside

/ˈkʌntrɪˌsaɪd/
noun
1.
a rural area or its population
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Word Origin and History for country side

countryside

n.

mid-15c., literally "one side of a country" (a valley, a mountain range, etc.), from country + side (n.); hence, "any tract of land having a natural unity" (1727).

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