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si·le·sia (sī-lēzhə, -shə, sĭ-)
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A sturdy twilled cotton fabric used for linings and pockets.

[After Silesia.]

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Si·le·sia (sī-lēzhə, -shə, sĭ-)
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A region of central Europe primarily in southwest Poland and the northern Czech Republic. Settled by Slavic peoples c. AD 500, the region was long contested by various states and principalities. After World War I Silesia was partitioned among Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Much of the Czechoslovakian section passed to Germany and Poland after the signing of the Munich Pact in 1938. Germany occupied Polish Silesia from 1939 to 1945, and after World War II Poland annexed most of German Silesia. Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, is an important industrialized area.

Si·lesian adj. & n.

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

    Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:

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    Semitic Roots

    The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.

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