from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Be·lo·rus·sia (bĕlˌō-rŭshˈə, byĕlˌ-) also Bye·lo·rus·sia (byĕlˌō-)Belarus A country of eastern Europe east of Poland and west of Russia. Originally settled by Slavs, the region was subject to Lithuania and Poland before passing to Russia in the late 18th century. It was a constituent republic of the USSR, known as the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic, from 1922 to 1991. Minsk is the capital and the largest city. Population: 9,720,000.
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- proper n. A country in Europe. Official name: Republic of Belarus (Рэспублiка Беларусь).
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- n. a landlocked republic in eastern Europe; formerly a European soviet
From Slavic бел ("white") + -a- (connecting morpheme) + Русь ("Ruthenia"); The stem bel- is cognate with Balt- (Baltic), from Lithuanian baltas ("white"). Compare Belarusian Беларусь (Belarús’), Russian Беларусь (Belarús’), Белоруссия (Belorússija). (Wiktionary)