Dnieper

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The Dnipro basin from space, highlighting the numerous reservoirs created during the Soviet era by hydroelectric dams

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EtymologyEdit

From French Dnieper, from Russian Днепр (Dnepr), from Old East Slavic Дънѣпръ (Dŭněprŭ), from Proto-Slavic *Dъněprъ, from Scythian/Old Ossetic (Sarmatian) *Dānu Apara ("Far River") or *Dānapr (Deep River). The former derivation would pair it with the Dniester (Near River), while the latter would refer to its lack of fords. Doublet of Dnipro and Danasper.

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Dnieper

  1. Synonym of Dnipro, a major river of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, flowing into the Black Sea.

Usage notesEdit

Formerly the more common name of Ukraine's major river, use can now sometimes be construed as outdated or a political statement. Alternatively, it can be used to distinguish the upper reaches of the river in Russia and Belarus as opposed to its lower course through Ukraine.

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Dnieper m

  1. Alternative form of Dniepre