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[German el-buh; English elb] /German ˈɛl bə; English ɛlb/
a river in central Europe, flowing from the W Czech Republic NW through Germany to the North Sea. 725 miles (1165 km) long.
Czech Labe
[lah-be] /ˈlɑ bɛ/ (Show IPA)
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  • Then in 589 it was seized by a tribe from the Elbe called Lombards.

    A Thousand Years of Jewish History Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
  • Portions of Italy, and other territory beyond the Elbe, were conquered.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • Pytheas sailed past the mouth of the Elbe, noting the amber cast upon the shore by the high spring tides.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • Anyway, we settled to sail in company direct to Cuxhaven, in the Elbe.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • They enter the Rhine and the Elbe, and most of the great rivers of the north of Europe.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • And that was why he broached and stuck to that plan of sailing in company direct to the Elbe.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • In the ninth century every man between the Elbe and the Niemen spoke some Slavonic dialect.

    Man and His Migrations R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham
  • And, above all things, that he must forthwith get across the Elbe and away.

  • It was the twenty-third before he turned back to do neither, but to secure needed rest on the left bank of the Elbe.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • If you remember the Elbe going down, you won't ask what became of him.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
British Dictionary definitions for Elbe


/ɛlb; German ˈɛlbə/
a river in central Europe, rising in the N Czech Republic and flowing generally northwest through Germany to the North Sea at Hamburg. Length: 1165 km (724 miles) Czech name Labe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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