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[ar-uh-rat] /ˈær əˌræt/
a mountain in E Turkey, near the borders of Iran and Armenia: traditionally considered the landing place of Noah's Ark. 16,945 feet (5165 meters).
Also called Mount Ararat. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The monks soon returned, and we pursued our way over the plain of Ararat.

  • There was no ark, no Ararat; she was alone, without refuge, on the waste of waters.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Ararat itself is seventeen thousand feet high, and it rises from a plateau that is seven thousand feet above the sea-level.

  • When these lines are delivered to you, I shall be on the route to Ararat.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • Sargon now had to face a more formidable coalition, that of the northern nations under Ursa of Ararat.

    A Primer of Assyriology Archibald Henry Sayce
  • The Marquis of Ararat, minister of the navy, made a similar complaint.

    Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He went smelling about for ere-a-rat (Ararat) that was there to be found.

  • If a partial flood, how could the ark have rested on the mountains of Ararat?

  • Trusting to my Ararat experience, I thought of descending in the snow, and started.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I Demetrius Charles Boulger
British Dictionary definitions for Ararat


an extinct volcanic mountain massif in E Turkey: two main peaks; Great Ararat 5155 m (16 916 ft), said to be the resting place of Noah's Ark after the Flood (Genesis 8:4), and Little Ararat 3914 m (12 843 ft)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Ararat in Culture
Ararat [(ar-uh-rat)]

The mountain upon which Noah's ark came to rest as the waters of the great flood receded. (See Noah and the Flood.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Ararat in the Bible

sacred land or high land, the name of a country on one of the mountains of which the ark rested after the Flood subsided (Gen. 8:4). The "mountains" mentioned were probably the Kurdish range of South Armenia. In 2 Kings 19:37, Isa. 37:38, the word is rendered "Armenia" in the Authorized Version, but in the Revised Version, "Land of Ararat." In Jer. 51:27, the name denotes the central or southern portion of Armenia. It is, however, generally applied to a high and almost inaccessible mountain which rises majestically from the plain of the Araxes. It has two conical peaks, about 7 miles apart, the one 14,300 feet and the other 10,300 feet above the level of the plain. Three thousand feet of the summit of the higher of these peaks is covered with perpetual snow. It is called Kuh-i-nuh, i.e., "Noah's mountain", by the Persians. This part of Armenia was inhabited by a people who spoke a language unlike any other now known, though it may have been related to the modern Georgian. About B.C. 900 they borrowed the cuneiform characters of Nineveh, and from this time we have inscriptions of a line of kings who at times contended with Assyria. At the close of the seventh century B.C. the kingdom of Ararat came to an end, and the country was occupied by a people who are ancestors of the Armenians of the present day.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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