from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Officially Federal Republic of GermanyWest Germany A former country of central Europe bordering on the North Sea. It was part of Germany until 1945, when the country was divided into U.S., French, British, and Soviet zones of occupation. In 1949 the three western zones were reconstituted as West Germany; the Soviet zone became East Germany. West Germany was reunified with East Germany in 1990.
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