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Borrowed from Russian Москва (Moskva), originally referring to the Moskva River.

Further etymology is unknown and disputed (see the Russian Wikipedia article for more information).


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  1. The capital city of Russia.
  2. (by metonymy) The government of Russia or the Soviet Union.
    Synonym: Kremlin
    • 1987, Shelomoh Naḳdimon, First strike: the exclusive story of how Israel foiled Iraq's attempt to get the bomb[1], page 40:
      Moscow said "Nyet!"
    • 1997, Mervin Block, Writing Broadcast News: Shorter, Sharper, Stronger[2], →ISBN, page 154:
      Yet, a few US newscasters will go on the air at 6 pm or later and say, "Moscow said tonight.["] ... A careful writer would make his script read, "Moscow said today. ..."
    • 2009, Svante E. Cornell, S. Frederick Star, The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War in Georgia[3], →ISBN, page 184:
      In addition, Moscow argued that Georgia had violated international law by introducing its forces into South Ossetia, a move Moscow said Tbilisi had committed itself not to do under the earlier CIS-sponsored peacekeeping arrangements.
  3. A city in and the county seat of Latah County, Idaho, USA
  4. A town name in Iowa, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania, etc. in the USA

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