Pronunciation: (mol-dā'vē-u, -vyu), [key]
1. a region in NE Rumania: formerly a principality that united with Wallachia to form Rumania. Cap.: Jassy.
2. Official name, Moldova. Formerly, Molda'vian So'viet So'cialist Repub'lic. a republic in SE Europe: formed in 1940 from the former republic of Moldavia and the ceded Rumanian territory of Bessarabia. 4,341,000, 13,100 sq. mi. (33,929 sq. km). Cap.: Kishinev.
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