ზღვა [zgva] sea
Georgia is a maritime country.
Western Georgia, ancient Colchis is wholly bounded by the Black Sea. The Georgians are the most ancient population at the seashore. Their neighbours who used to live on that same sea shore no longer exists, for history has swallowed up their kingdoms. But Georgia has survived on that coast, even though for Georgians coastal life was more of a danger than a refuge.
The storm winds of history tell us that Columbus sailed off towards India just after the Ottomans had closed off the Bosporus that linked the Black Sea to the rest of the world. This turned the Black Sea into a lake as far as Georgia was concerned.
Beoyned this joke, the sea was precious and at the same time magically hard to Georgia, because it often became an impassable barrier on the route to Europe. At the same time it remained the only route linking the country to the West.