Black Sea

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From a calque of Turkish Karadeniz(Black Sea), from kara(black, dark; north) + deniz(sea). Originating in Turkic equivalence of cardinal directions to colors, as seen in other East Asian languages like Chinese. Compare Red Sea < "south sea", Turkish Akdeniz(Mediterranean Sea), literally "White Sea" < "west sea".

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The Black Sea

Black Sea in the Crimea
  1. An inland sea bound by Southeastern Europe in the west, Eastern Europe in the north and northeast, and Turkey in the south.



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