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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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  • We found the nile river water of good taste but muddy and we generally left it standing for an hour to settle.

  • In the distance he could see the valley of the nile river, a great green swath which cut through the tan desert wastes.

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British Dictionary definitions for nile river


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 river


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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Nile River definition

River originating in central Africa and flowing north to the Mediterranean Sea, with its delta in Egypt. The Nile proper is formed by the joining of the Blue Nile, which flows from Ethiopia, and the White Nile, which flows from Lake Victoria. They meet at Khartoum, Sudan.

Note: At over four thousand miles, it is the longest river in the world.
Note: The Nile River Valley in Egypt is the site of the first great civilization.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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