Scripts Աբխազիա(Armenian) ابخازيا(Urdu)
Pronounced Pron. ab-KAY-zhee-ə(English) ab-KAY-zhə(English) ab-KAY-zee-ə(English) ab-KAH-zhee-ə(English) ab-KAH-zee-ə(English) [key·IPA]
Other Forms FormsAbkhaziya, Abkhasia
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Meaning & History
From Russian Абхазия (Abkhaziya) from Georgian აფხაზეთი (Apxazeti), which is derived from აფხაზი (Apxazi), the Georgian name for the Abkhaz people. The ethnic name ultimately comes from Abkhaz Аԥсуаа (Aphsuaa), which is of uncertain meaning. This is the name of a disputed territory in the Caucasus; the region considers itself to be a sovereign state while most international sources recognise it as a part of Georgia.