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troika (TROI-kuh) noun

1. A group of three persons, nations, etc. united in power or acting in unison.

2. A Russian vehicle drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side.

[From Russian troika, from troe (three).]

"Or perhaps a collective presidency made up of three member states serving together as a troika for two and a half years." Jonathan Freedland, Adventures in Euroland, The Guardian (London), Feb 13, 2002.

This week's theme: words from Russian.


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