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Designating (part of) the northern arm of the Baltic Sea lying between Sweden and Finland, now usually called the Gulf of Bothnia; of or belonging to the Gulf of Bothnia or the lands surrounding it.
A native or inhabitant of the region around the Gulf of Bothnia. Also with distinguishing word, as West Bothnian, North Bothnian, etc. Now somewhat rare.
Early 17th century. From the name of Bothnia (also † Bothia; post-classical Latin Botnia), the northern arm of the Baltic Sea + -an.
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