Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Abkhazia.
  • n. A member of the predominant, traditionally Muslim or Orthodox Christian ethnic group of Abkhazia.
  • n. The Northwest Caucasian language of Abkhazia, also spoken in Georgia and Turkey.

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Abkhazia, the Abkhazian people, or their language.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Circassian people living east of the Black Sea
  • adj. of or relating to Abkazia or its people or their language
  • n. an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
  • n. a member of the Circassian people who live to the east of the Black Sea

Etymologies

Russian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Russian Abkhas (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Such a policy would change the atmosphere and call the Abkhaz bluff – forcing them to negotiate in earnest and confront the issue that holds the key to their future status: Abkhaz responsibilities to their prewar Georgian population.

    Bullies of the Caucasus

  • Such a policy would change the atmosphere and call the Abkhaz bluff -- forcing them to negotiate in earnest and confront the issue that holds the key to their future status: Abkhaz responsibilities to their prewar Georgian population.

    Bullies of the Caucasus

  • The Abkhaz are a small ethnic group unrelated to the Georgians, who have shared with them for centuries the same beautiful stretch of Black Sea coastline.

    Bullies of the Caucasus

  • Throughout his life he tried to force the two language families called Abkhaz-Adyghe and Nakh-Daghestanian into the same, proverbial, round hole.

    The Tower of Babel

  • Except the so-called Abkhaz border-guards, forces of the Russian Defence Ministry have been deployed to the village of

    WN.com - Photown News

  • Except the so-called Abkhaz border-guards, forces of the Russian Defence Ministry have been deployed to the village of Azhara for security of the region.

    WN.com - Photown News

  • UNOMIG left its post in the upper Kodori Valley on August 9, promptly upon Abkhaz notification that "Abkhaz" forces were about to seize the area from the Georgians.

    Jamestown Foundation: All Publications

  • They could have annexed the South Ossetian and Abkhaz enclaves years earlier, before Saakashvili started modernizing his army.

    The Return

  • That same year, Tbilisi sent security forces and police into the Kodori Gorge in Eastern Abkhazia, where they established a base for a Tbilisi-backed Abkhaz “government in exile.”

    The Return

  • In 2006, his police troops cleared out local guerrillas in the Kodori Gorge in Eastern Abkhazia and he installed a puppet Abkhaz government there.

    The Return

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