raion

noun
rai·on | \rīˈōn\
plural -s

Definition of raion 

: a political subdivision in the U.S.S.R. comparable to the U.S. county : district

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History and Etymology for raion

Russian raĭon, district, province, from French rayon honeycomb, department of a store, from Old French ree, raie honeycomb, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German rāza honeycomb, Middle Dutch rāte, and perhaps to Latin cratis wickerwork, hurdle

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