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[nahyl] /naɪl/
a river in E Africa, the longest in the world, flowing N from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean. 3473 miles (5592 km) long; from the headwaters of the Kagera River, 4000 miles (6440 km) long.
Compare Blue Nile, White Nile. Unabridged
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  • Animals being scarce in the Nile region, great value was attached to their preservation, and they received divine homage.

  • Here it was proposed to erect a dam, or barrier, right across the Nile.

  • On regaining the piquet, I found that several more djerms had dropped down the Nile, and were lying off the little wharf.

    Yule Logs Various
  • The Nile at that time is seen to be rapidly rising, and nothing must obstruct its passage.

  • Thence by a long desert march he might reach the Nile and Berber.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for Nile


a river in Africa, rising in S central Burundi in its remotest headstream, the Luvironza: flows into Lake Victoria and leaves the lake as the Victoria Nile, flowing to Lake Albert, which is drained by the Albert Nile, becoming the White Nile at Lake No, then flowing through South Sudan; joined by its chief tributary, the Blue Nile (which rises near Lake Tana, Ethiopia) at Khartoum, and flows north to its delta on the Mediterranean; the longest river in the world. Length: (from the source of the Luvironza to the Mediterranean) 6741 km (4187 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Nile

one of the world's oldest surviving place names, from a Semitic root nahal "river." Unnamed in Old Testament, it is always merely "the river" (Hebrew yeor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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