Azof proper n

Turkish azak, low < Mongolian 'moist place'; variant of Asov, Azoz, Asof.

  1. Inland sea; body of water northeast of the Black Sea near the Ukraine and Russia; site of Peter the Great's 1696 victory over the Turks in Eurasia; [metonymy] waves; breakers; the oceans; the deep; water currents of the earth; [historical] pen name of a Civil War correspondent for the 59<sup>th</sup> regiment of Massachusetts.