Bal·​kan | \ ˈbȯl-kən sometimes ˈbal- How to pronounce Balkan (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Balkanic \ (ˈ)bȯl-​¦ka-​nik sometimes (ˈ)bal-​ How to pronounce Balkanic (audio) \

Definition of Balkan

: of or relating to the Balkan Peninsula, the Balkan Mountains, or the people of Balkan States

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History and Etymology for Balkan

from the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe

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“Balkan.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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