from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Mol·da·vi·a (-dāˈvē-ə, -dāvˈyə)Moldova A country of eastern Europe bordering on Romania. Comprised of lands acquired by Russia from the historical region of Moldavia in 1791, 1793, and 1812 and (after 1940) part of Bessarabia, it was established as an autonomous republic of the USSR in 1924 and became a constituent republic in 1940, known as the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic. Moldova declared its independence in 1991. Chişinău is the capital and the largest city. Population: 4,320,000.
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- proper n. A country in Europe, situated between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the east, north and south. Official name: Republic of Moldova (Romanian: Republica Moldova).
- proper n. A region in eastern Romania adjacent to the country of Moldova, once part of the principality of Moldova
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- n. a landlocked republic in eastern Europe; formerly a European soviet but achieved independence in 1991
Possibly ultimately from Gothic 𐌼𐌿𐌻𐌳𐌰 (mulda, "dust, mud"), via Moldavia. See Name of Moldova for more information. (Wiktionary)