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Nile

[nahyl] /naɪl/
noun
1.
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.
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  • The fame of the Nile valley must have spread at an early date.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Then he called for his servants and ordered them to throw the coffin into the Nile.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The Nile was directly responsible for this useful development.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • The battle was disastrous for the Egyptians and the valley of the Nile was open to the invaders.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • Were I to reach the sources of the Nile, I should expect to meet him there.

British Dictionary definitions for Nile

Nile

/naɪl/
noun
1.
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).

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