from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region of northern Georgia in the central Caucasus bordering on Russia. Annexed by Russia in the early 19th century, South Ossetia became a part of Georgia in 1922. Following Georgian independence from the USSR in 1991, the region was the scene of conflict between Ossetian separatists and Georgian government forces.
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