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Euphrates

[yoo-frey-teez] /yuˈfreɪ tiz/
noun
1.
a river in SW Asia, flowing from E Turkey through Syria and Iraq, joining the Tigris to form the Shatt-al-Arab near the Persian Gulf. 1700 miles (2735 km) long.
Related forms
Euphratean, adjective
trans-Euphrates, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for euphrates river

Euphrates

/juːˈfreɪtiːz/
noun
1.
a river in SW Asia, rising in E Turkey and flowing south across Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris, forming the Shatt-al-Arab, which flows to the head of the Persian Gulf: important in ancient times for the extensive irrigation of its valley (in Mesopotamia). Length: 3598 km (2235 miles)
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Word Origin and History for euphrates river

Euphrates

Old English Eufrate, from Greek Euphrates, from Old Persian Ufratu, perhaps from Avestan huperethuua "good to cross over," from hu- "good" + peretu- "ford." But Kent says "probably a popular etymologizing in O.P. of a local non-Iranian name" ["Old Persian," p.176]. In Akkadian, purattu.

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euphrates river in Culture
Euphrates River [(yooh-fray-teez)]

River in southwestern Asia that flows through eastern Turkey, Syria, and Iraq before uniting with the Tigres River and emptying into the Persian Gulf.

Note: It was important in the development of many great civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia.
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