The Alternative English Dictionary: Alania

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Alania {{wikipedia}} etymology See Alan.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (historical) The medieval kingdom of Alan (proto-Ossetian) that flourished in Northern Caucasus, roughly in the location of latter-day Circassia and modern North Ossetia-Alania, from the 8th or 9th century until 1238-39. Its capital was Maghas, and it controlled a vital trade route through the Darial Pass.
  2. (colloquial) North Ossetia-Alania, federal subject of Russia.
related terms:
  • Alan
  • Alaina

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