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1A member of a people formerly inhabiting the region around the lower Elbe.
2The West Slavonic language of the Polabians, extinct by the 18th cent. and documented only in fragmentary texts.
Of or relating to the Polabians or their language.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Encyclopaedia. From Polab + -ian. Compare Polish połabianin, noun.
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