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[beer-shee-buh, beer-shuh-; Sephardic Hebrew ber-she-vah] /bɪərˈʃi bə, ˈbɪər ʃə-; Sephardic Hebrew bɛrˈʃɛ vɑ/
a city in Israel, near the N limit of the Negev desert: the southernmost city of ancient Palestine.
from Dan to Beersheba. Dan1 (def 5).


[neg-ev] /ˈnɛg ɛv/
a partially reclaimed desert region and district in S Israel, bordering on the Sinai Peninsula. 4700 sq. mi. (12,173 sq. km).
Capital: Beersheba.
Also, Negeb
[neg-eb] /ˈnɛg ɛb/ (Show IPA)
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  • You have been giving me to understand that your sinful rebellion at Beersheba was the worst that could be charged against you.

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

    Betty Vivian L. T. Meade
  • I felt as if I had walked from Dan to Beersheba and been knocked down and robbed on the way.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry, ''Tis all barren.'

  • Straightway he forged an order on Beersheba for thirty yards of love-lock.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)
  • Journeying from Dan to Beersheba, and pricking through America on his way.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Wouldn't the fact have been published from Dan to Beersheba, had the conversationists happened to have been a couple of women?

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • On the south are the wolds of the Negeb plateau, with the plains of Beersheba beyond.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • And to this day the very name Beersheba seems to emit a holy fragrance.

  • Beersheba, the home of Abraham; opposite the lower bay of the Dead Sea.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
British Dictionary definitions for Beersheba


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)


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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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