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Bal·​kans | \ ˈbȯl-kənz How to pronounce Balkans (audio) \

Definition of Balkans

1 or Balkan Mountains mountain range of central Bulgaria extending from its border with Serbia to the Black Sea; highest point Botev Peak 7793 feet (2375 meters)
2 or Balkan Peninsula peninsula in southeastern Europe between the Adriatic and Ionian seas on the west and the Aegean and Black seas on the east
3 or Balkan States the countries occupying the Balkan Peninsula: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Greece, and Turkey in Europe

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“Balkans.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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