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Beersheba

[beer-shee-buh, beer-shuh-; Sephardic Hebrew ber-she-vah]
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noun
  1. a city in Israel, near the N limit of the Negev desert: the southernmost city of ancient Palestine.
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Idioms
  1. from Dan to Beersheba. Dan1(def 5).
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Negev

[neg-ev]
noun
  1. a partially reclaimed desert region and district in S Israel, bordering on the Sinai Peninsula. 4700 sq. mi. (12,173 sq. km). Capital: Beersheba.
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Also Neg·eb [neg-eb] /ˈnɛg ɛb/.
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Examples from the Web for beersheba

Historical Examples

  • I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba and cry, "'T is all barren!"

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • Luckily, Beersheba was not present, or the girl might have had a sorry time of it.

    Betty Vivian

    L. T. Meade

  • After the exciting events of that evening, even Dan and Beersheba had lost their charm.

    Betty Vivian

    L. T. Meade

  • I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry, ''Tis all barren.'

  • Journeying from Dan to Beersheba, and pricking through America on his way.


British Dictionary definitions for beersheba

Beersheba

noun
  1. a town in S Israel: commercial centre of the Negev. In biblical times it marked the southern limit of Palestine. Pop: 183 000 (2003 est)
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Negev

Negeb (ˈnɛɡɛb)

noun
  1. the S part of Israel, on the Gulf of Aqaba: a triangular-shaped semidesert region, with large areas under irrigation; scene of fighting between Israeli and Egyptian forces in 1948. Chief town: Beersheba. Area: 12 820 sq km (4950 sq miles)
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