Pronunciation: (ab-kā'zhu, -zē-u; Russ. ub-khä'zyi-yu), [key]
an autonomous republic in the Georgian Republic, on the E coast of the Black Sea. 506,000; 3360 sq. mi. (8600 sq. km). Cap.: Sukhumi. Also,Ab•kha'si•a.Formerly, Abkhaz' Auton'omous So'viet So'cialist Repub'lic.
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