volost

[voh-luhst]
noun
1.
(formerly) a small administrative peasant division in Russia.
2.
a rural soviet.

Origin:
< Russian vólostʾ; Old Russian volostĭ region, state, authority, cognate with OCS vlastĭ sovereignty, power, authority, derivative of Slavic *vald- rule, cognate with Lithuanian valdýti, Gothic waldan, Old English wealdan to rule; cf. wield

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volost (ˈvəʊlɒst)
 
n
1.  (in the former Soviet Union) a rural soviet
2.  (in tsarist Russia) a peasant community consisting of several villages or hamlets
 
[from Russian]

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