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

  • A city of southern Ukraine on Odessa Bay, an arm of the Black Sea. Said to occupy the site of an ancient Greek colony that disappeared between the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D., Odessa was established as a Tartar fortress in the 14th century, passed to Turkey in 1764, and was captured by Russia in the 1790s. It is a major port, naval base, and resort. Population: 1,010,000.
  • A city of western Texas south-southwest of Lubbock. It was a small ranching town until the discovery of oil in the area. Population: 95,200.

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  • proper n. A Ukrainian port city on the Black Sea.
  • proper n. A city in United States state of Texas.
  • proper n. Odesa province (oblast) of Ukraine.

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

  • n. a port city of south central Ukraine on an arm of the Black Sea
  • n. a city in western Texas


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Russian Одесса (Odéssa), supposedly originates from a name of an ancient Greek settlement Odessos. Compare Ukrainian Одеса (Odésa).



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