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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A region of southwest Russia in the northern Caucasus bordering on Georgia. Conquered by Russia in the 19th century, it later formed part of a semiautonomous republic within the USSR. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Chechnya declared its independence from Russia, but after two wars (1994–1996 and 1999–2000), Russian troops regained control of most of the region.

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  • proper noun A federal subject of Russia located in the Northern Caucasus mountains.

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

  • noun an autonomous republic in southwestern Russia in the northern Caucasus Mountains bordering on Georgia; declared independence from the USSR in 1991 but Russian troops invaded and continue to prosecute a relentless military campaign in the largely Muslim republic

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