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Red Sea

an arm of the Indian Ocean, extending NW between Africa and Arabia: connected to the Mediterranean by the Suez Canal. 1450 miles (2335 km) long; 170,000 sq. mi. (440,300 sq. km); greatest depth, 7254 feet (2211 meters). Unabridged
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  • Long cables had been submerged in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

  • Already I feel like a liberated slave who has crossed her Red Sea.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • My wing will be at Aden, at the bottom of the Red Sea, for the next year or two.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • He was swimming in a Red Sea of passion and the Egyptians were nowhere in sight.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Our daily bread, said the sages, is as miraculous as the division of the Red Sea.

    Chosen Peoples

    Israel Zangwill
British Dictionary definitions for Red Sea

Red Sea

a long narrow sea between Arabia and NE Africa, linked with the Mediterranean in the north by the Suez Canal and with the Indian Ocean in the south: occasionally reddish in appearance through algae. Area: 438 000 sq km (169 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for Red Sea

the Greek thalassa erythra; the reason for the name is unknown; speculation has traced it to: 1. algae in coastal waters; 2. sandstone rock formations on the shores; 3. a tribal name; 4. ancient association of "red" with "south" (as "black" with "north").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Red Sea in Culture

Red Sea definition

Narrow sea between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Note: Probably named for the red algae that are sometimes present in its waters.
Note: According to the Bible, the Red Sea's waters parted to allow the Israelites, led by Moses, to escape the pursuing Egyptian army. The “Red Sea” of the biblical account, however, seems more likely to have been the marshy Sea of Reeds than the present-day Red Sea.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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