Azov, Sea of

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Azov, Sea of (Azovskoye More) Northern arm of the Black Sea. A shallow sea with only slight salinity, it has fishing ports on its e and s coasts. The marshes and lagoons at the w (Crimean peninsula) end were so noxious that the sea was known as Sivash (putrid lake). Area: 37,607sq km (14,520sq mi).