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biographical name

Hes·​se ˈhe-sə How to pronounce Hesse (audio)
Hermann 1877–1962 German author


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geographical name

ˈhes How to pronounce Hesse (audio)
variants or German Hessen
region of west central Germany north of Baden-Württemberg, divided into Hesse-Darmstadt (in the south) and Hesse-Cas*sel \ ˈhes-​ˈka-​sᵊl How to pronounce Hesse (audio) , -​ˈkä-​ , ˈhe-​sē-​ , ˈhe-​sə-​ \ (in the north)

Note: Hesse-Cassel was united with Prussia in 1866 as part of the province of Hesse-Nassau along with the duchy of Nassau and the city of Frankfurt am Main.

state of the Weimar Republic, equivalent to Hesse-Darmstadt
state of Germany and formerly of West Germany including the larger part of Hesse-Darmstadt and part of Hesse-Nassau; capital Wiesbaden area 8151 square miles (21,111 square kilometers), population 5,971,816

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“Hesse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hesse. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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