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Hoyerswerda (hoi´ərsvĕr´dä), city (1994 pop. 60,890), Saxony, SE Germany, on the Black Elster River; chartered 1371. Located in a lignite-mining area, it is an industrial city, manufacturing glass, bricks, and other products. Economic decline after German reunification has resulted in a significant population drop; Hoyerswerda was once a city of 75,000.