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Meaning of oblast

o•blast

Pronunciation: (ob'last, -läst Russ. ô'bl&schwast), [key]
— pl. o•blasts, o•bla•sti
  1. (in Russia and the Soviet Union) an administrative division corresponding to an autonomous province.
  2. region; province.
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