Etymology
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Ukraine

from Russian or Polish Ukraina, literally "border, frontier," from u- "at" + krai "edge." So called from being regarded as the southern frontier of Poland or Russia. Related: Ukrainian.

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Definitions of Ukraine

Ukraine (n.)
a republic in southeastern Europe; formerly a European soviet; the center of the original Russian state which came into existence in the ninth century;
Synonyms: Ukrayina
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