from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A region and ancient country of the southeast Balkan Peninsula north of the Aegean Sea. In ancient times it extended as far north as the Danube River. The region was colonized by Greeks in the seventh century B.C. and later passed under the control of Rome, Byzantium, and Ottoman Turkey. Northern Thrace was annexed by Bulgaria in 1885, and eastern Thrace passed to Turkey in 1923.
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- proper n. A historical and geographic area in southeast Europe, now divided between Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient country and wine producing region in the east of the Balkan Peninsula to the north of the Aegean Sea; colonized by ancient Greeks; later a Roman province; now divided between Bulgaria and Greece and Turkey
From Latin Thrācia, from Ancient Greek Θρᾴκη (Thrāïkē), from Θρᾱξ (Thrāx), Θρᾴξ (Thrāix) 'Thracian', from base of thrāssō 'to trouble, stir' and -ix (cf. Phoinix 'Phoenician' and Kilix 'Cilician'). (Wiktionary)