from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A borderland.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A border-land; territory lying on the marches or borders of adjoining countries.
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from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area
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