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burr2 a harsh, trilled pronunciation of the letter "r," like that of the Scots. [3/5 definitions]
Mikhail Gorbachev a statesman and leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991, during which time his foreign policy and domestic reforms contributed to the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Communist U.S.S.R. (b.1931).
Nikita Khrushchev Soviet statesman and premier of the U.S.S.R. from 1958 to 1964, who denounced his predecessor, Joseph Stalin (b.1894--d.1971).
sonorant a voiced consonant regarded as a syllabic sound, as "l," "r," "w," or "y".
trill any rapid vibration of the tongue or uvula in the pronunciation of certain speech sounds, such as the "r" in Italian or Spanish. [1/5 definitions]
Yalta Conference the February 1945 meeting of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at Yalta, Crimea, U.S.S.R.