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ISIS

[ahy-sis] /ˈaɪ sɪs/
noun
1.
Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (or Islamic State in Iraq and Syria): a radical Sunni Muslim organization whose aim is to restore an Islamic state, or caliphate, in the region encompassing Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, and southeastern Turkey.
Also called ISIL, IS.
Origin of ISIS
Arabic al-Sham, an ancient territory known in English as the Levant, an area on the E shores of the Mediterranean
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British Dictionary definitions for islamic state in iraq and al-sham

Isis1

/ˈaɪsɪs/
noun
1.
the local name for the River Thames at Oxford

Isis2

/ˈaɪsɪs/
noun
1.
an ancient Egyptian fertility goddess, depicted as a woman with a cow's horns, between which was the disc of the sun; wife and sister of Osiris
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