from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A peninsula of northwest Croatia projecting into the northeast Adriatic Sea. The original Istrian inhabitants were overthrown by the Romans in the second century A.D. Istria was subsequently occupied by Austria, Venice, and Italy. All but the area surrounding Trieste was awarded to Yugoslavia in 1946.
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- proper n. A peninsula in Croatia, Slovenia, and Italy, on the northeastern coast of the Adriatic Sea.
- proper n. A county in western Croatia.
From Latin Histria, from the ethnicon of the Illyrian tribe of the Histri who inhabited the region. (Wiktionary)