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Definition of MAHILYOW
city E Belarus on the Dnieper pop 363,000
Variants of MAHILYOW
Ma·hil·yow or Mo·gi·lev\mə-gil-ˈyȯf\
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2001 est.: 361,000), east-central Belarus, on the Dnieper (Dnyapro) River. It was founded in 1267 as a fortress and became a town in 1526 while under Lithuanian rule. Later passing to Poland, it became Russian in the first partition of Poland in 1772. In 1812 a major battle between Napoleon's troops and Russian forces was fought outside the town. It was severely damaged in World War II; rebuilt after the war, it is now a major industrial city.