- an ancient region in W Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: now part of Iraq.
Examples from the Web for mesopotamian
The returned object was not a Mesopotamian artifact, at least not in a traditional sense.The Story of Saddam's Gun Collection
October 28, 2010
The Bible is not sui generis—it speaks with a Mesopotamian accent.
Also, the Bible clearly places the Garden of Eden “eastward,” near the Mesopotamian empire of Sumer.
The Mesopotamian bas-reliefs echoed in the shadow of Light From the Left by Charles Ray.Treasures From the Pinault Collection
June 12, 2009
The Mesopotamian imbroglio was denounced as both a crime and a blunder.The New World of Islam
This poverty in nature must perplex the Mesopotamian artist.In Mesopotamia
But I am far from depending on this authority for the age of the Mesopotamian plain.Hasisadra's Adventure
Thomas Henry Huxley
The real frontier from this point was the Mesopotamian desert, which extends from Kerkesiyeh to Nimrud, a distance of 150 miles.
Thirdly, we may mention Egyptian records as a source for Mesopotamian history.
- of or relating to Mesopotamia, a region of SW Asia, or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Mesopotamia
- a region of SW Asia between the lower and middle reaches of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: site of several ancient civilizations
Word Origin and History for mesopotamian
ancient name for the land that lies between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (in modern Iraq), from Greek mesopotamia (khora), literally "a country between two rivers," from fem. of mesopotamos, from mesos "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + potamos "river" (see potamo-).
In 19c. the word sometimes was used in the sense of "anything which gives irrational or inexplicable comfort to the hearer," based on the story of the old woman who told her pastor that she "found great support in that comfortable word Mesopotamia" ["Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable," 1870]. The place was called Mespot (1917) by British soldiers serving there in World War I. Related: Mesopotamian.
A region of western Asia, in what is now Iraq, known as the “cradle of civilization.” Western writing first developed there, done with sticks on clay tablets. Agricultural organization on a large scale also began in Mesopotamia, along with work in bronze and iron (see Bronze Age and Iron Age). Governmental systems in the region were especially advanced (see Babylon (see also Babylon) and Hammurabi). A number of peoples lived in Mesopotamia, including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Hittites, and Assyrians.