Definitions

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

  • A region between the Black and Caspian seas that includes southwest Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, and that forms part of the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia. Inhabited before 2000 B.C., it was the scene of countless invasions over the millennia. Conquered by Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries, the region has vast oil resources, which were a major German objective in World War II. Following the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the region became the site of various secessionist movements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A mountain range in Eastern Europe and West Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, on the territory of Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • proper n. The Eurasian region home of the aforementioned mountain range.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a large region between the Black and Caspian seas.
  • n. the mountain range located between the Black and Caspian seas.

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

  • n. a large region between the Black and Caspian seas that contains the Caucasus Mountains; oil is its major resource
  • n. the mountain range in Caucasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea that forms part of the traditional border between Europe and Asia

Etymologies

Via Latin Caucasus, from Ancient Greek Καύκασος (Kaukasos). (Wiktionary)

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