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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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British Dictionary definitions for elbe river


/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
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elbe river in Culture
Elbe River [(el-buh, elb)]

River in central Europe, flowing several hundred miles from the northwestern section of the former Czechoslovakia before emptying into the North Sea.

Note: The Elbe created part of the former border between East Germany and West Germany.
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